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Old 07-20-2015, 07:42 PM   #1
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Stage 3 Water Restriction

Stage 3 water restrictions effective immediately for Metro Vancouver

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UPDATE: Stage 3 water restrictions effective immediately according to Metro Vancouver.

Metro Vancouver has confirmed that starting Tuesday, Stage 3 water restrictions will come into effect.

Until further notice, watering lawns and washing cars will be prohibited.

Prohibited under Stage 3 water restrictions:
No watering lawns (both residential and non-residential)
No outdoor washing or rinsing of cars and pleasure crafts (boats), except for safety (windows, lights, licenses)
No watering cemetery lawns

Restricted under Stage 3 water restrictions:
Watering flowers and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs and trees only if done by hand
Refilling private pools, spas, garden ponds
Click here for more information on what Stage 3 water restrictions mean.
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that is absolutely unbelievable. 1 day a week was pretty extreme, i think full prohibition is unprecedented.

its kind of scary to think what's going to happen in the next few years if this drought continues, or even gets worse.
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^ just look at california 2015

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this is the scary shit tho



i cant find it but theres a video or a gif that shows a full USA map showing how the drought is growing from where it started to now reaching up into BC and spreading to texas
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This is just for precautions incase we dont see enough rainfall by October to replenish the reservoir for more important things like showering, doing dishes and laundry.
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:34 PM   #7
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Since this is a car forum, as much as I baby my car. I don't care if the car is dirty anymore (waxed it way before water restrictions came into effect lol). I think about how many unfortunate people don't even have water to drink in other places, makes me think twice before I use unnecessary water.
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I don't understand are people upset they aren't allowed to wash their cars?

1st world problems much?

Besides it hasnt rained in over a month, most road going cars should easily be washed with any waterless car wash or quick detailer.

As far as watering your grass goes, who gives a fuck, grass is useless. I remember a shocking study which showed that watering lawns in the United States actually utilized more water than all of the agricultural industry (Fuck me if I can find the article/study now). All grass does is look nice, in fact it's not even a good oxygen producer, among plants it's actually one of the worst for oxygen production 1 average tree (depending on size and type) will produce as much oxygen as an entire football field.



It's why california is telling people to rip up their lawns and put in cactus' or whatever, they simply don't have the water to continue to waste it on useless shit like pretty grass.
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maybe it's time to install residential water meters. This way, instead of telling all the residential what and when they can and cannot use their water for, it will let the residents decide how much and where they want to use the water.
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You can still wash your car you just have to use a waterless car wash product like FW1.

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maybe it's time to install residential water meters. This way, instead of telling all the residential what and when they can and cannot use their water for, it will let the residents decide how much and where they want to use the water.
Don't know where you live, but west vancouver has been on meters since like 2009.

North vancouver should be transitioned over before next summer.

Water meters are on their way, just takes forever to roll them out.

EDIT: Actually interesting point, when my house first got switched from a flat rate to meter, I was saving money, not much, but my overall yearly water bill went down. Then after a couple years they upped the cost of the water a couple times and eventually I was back at where I had been before. If we were still at the house I probably would be spending much more on water.

Then again when people are aware you can easily install some rain catchers and a couple of drums to store water for your yard and non-potable uses. Some low flow toilets, and a little bit of conservation, and most people could probably reduce their water usage by a shit load. Truth is most of us are wasteful little shit bags, I'm guilty too, I take longer showers, I sometimes run the water while brushing my teeth, etc.
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that is absolutely unbelievable. 1 day a week was pretty extreme, i think full prohibition is unprecedented.

its kind of scary to think what's going to happen in the next few years if this drought continues, or even gets worse.
For now it's just an aberration due to a ridiculously hot and dry summer, but eventually it will always be like this. Especially in California
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maybe it's time to install residential water meters. This way, instead of telling all the residential what and when they can and cannot use their water for, it will let the residents decide how much and where they want to use the water.
This.

It pisses me off to no end that the people in the fancy new houses on my street have automatically timed in ground sprinklers that come on 7 days per week between midnight and 5am so no one catches them.

Meanwhile, I've dropped $1,500 to install low flow dual flush toilets, we switched the kids up to shower only instead of baths (like 5 years ago) and generally do what we can to conserve water.

If water in all municipalities in the GVRD was metered, I think that would change behavior in a hurry.
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iirc poco has water meters...dunno how sophisticated they are but apparently they only measure by block and not per residence

Anyways, if this goes on let's just start an RS water bottle company...we can get great rates on water
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Why does it say outdoor washing for cars? Does that mean we can still wash our cars in our garages or apartment buildings? Seems silly to have the word "outdoor" there.
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So it's currently stage 2 until 12am(Tuesday)?
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Depending on your definition of "new".. Houses since 2000s have individual meters. It is likely your neighbors already have meters and also a cistern to store water.

If you want to see how much water you use, you can ask your city to install a meter at your house. Right now it is opt in.

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It pisses me off to no end that the people in the fancy new houses on my street have automatically timed in ground sprinklers that come on 7 days per week between midnight and 5am so no one catches them.

Meanwhile, I've dropped $1,500 to install low flow dual flush toilets, we switched the kids up to shower only instead of baths (like 5 years ago) and generally do what we can to conserve water.

If water in all municipalities in the GVRD was metered, I think that would change behavior in a hurry.
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Lol thanks. Got confused since it also states "starting Tuesday"
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The thing with lawns is you can still have a lawn, but use a fraction of the amount of water. You just need to do it properly.

I own a Landscaping company and Id say 98% of properties I see have terrible installs. If you put down a good 5-6" of high quality top soil before you put your lawn in, you're going to have a layer of soil in your lawn's root zone that will keep moisture in it for several days before it dries out, even in july and august. The problem is most installers are cheap and cut corners and you're lucky to get an inch on top of a gravel 'fill' base. Gravel holds NO moisture, and actually causes people to waste water. since the gravel doesn't hold moisture, the grass dries out, so people water longer. Except the gravel still doesn't hold moisture so all that extra water just soaks right thru and does nothing. I deal with this every day.

As a member of the IIABC (irrigation industry association of BC), contractors have access to a quite elaborate calculator that takes the evapo-transpiration rate (amount of water that leaves the soil to evaporation and transpiration within plants), fairly precise location, the exposure, plant density, and most importantly measured soil layers, and will tell you exactly how much water you need per week, how many days per week you need to water, and how many milimeters of water you need per watering, to maintain moisture levels in the soil. It will tell you the watering rate at which you reach saturation and cause run off (waste) Its incredible how that amount changes when yo go from a sandy/gravel soil to a good loam.

On top of that, there are growers producing new blends of turf that root deeper and require less than 20% the water that normal kentucky blue grass requires, as little as 1 inch per month.
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does this only apply to vancouver area or lower mainland as well? Do they have seperate reservoirs for each city?
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Water restrictions are going to become the norm in the future. Summers are getting longer and more humid in Metro Vancouver. So much for paradise, eh?
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does this only apply to vancouver area or lower mainland as well? Do they have seperate reservoirs for each city?
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