Gulf Islands residents asked to conserve water, stop watering lawns or washing decks

Gulf Island residents are being asked to decrease their indoor water consumption and stop almost all outdoor water use due to drought conditions in the region.

The Capital Regional District, the operator of a number of water utilities on Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands, is sounding the alarm as levels in most water supply sources get dangerously low, with little or no rain forecast in the near future to replenish them.

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In an effort to preserve an adequate drinking water supply, they have issued new water conservation guidelines for outdoor use:

· No watering of lawns, turf or boulevards

· Limited hand watering of trees, shrubs and vegetables

· No washing of outdoor surfaces (driveways, sidewalks, decks, etc.)

· No washing of vehicles and boats

· No use of motion-activated sprinklers to deter wildlife

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