How come Metro Vancouver was pressure washing its Rice Lake Gate office building Thursday (Aug. 3) afternoon? Are government bureaucracies immune from, or ignorant about, water conservation obligations?
Metro responds: Local governments including Metro Vancouver are required to follow the restrictions, just like residents and businesses. There are no restrictions on pressure washing in Stage 1 of the water shortage response plan, which primarily deals with the timing and frequency of lawn watering to help manage peak demand on the system. Restrictions on pressure washing start in Stage 2; however, we don’t anticipate moving to a higher restriction stage this summer. Reservoir levels are at 75 per cent right now, which is well within the normal range for this time of year, and residents are generally following the lawn watering restrictions.
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