June 25, 2021: Whistler, B.C. – Effective immediately, the Resort Municipality of Whistler has moved to Stage 3 water restrictions due to low reservoir levels, high irrigation demand and high fire danger.
With this year’s significant snow pack and the extreme temperatures in the forecast, 21 Mile Creek is experiencing increased turbidity (cloudy water) which has resulted in depressed reservoir level conditions during the overnight irrigation period.
To ensure Whistler maintains firefighting water storage levels in the reservoirs during the current High Fire Danger Rating, Stage 3 Water Conservation restrictions are in effect as of today, June 25.
Stage 3 water restrictions mean:
- Watering lawns trees, shrubs and flower beds manually or by hand is restricted to Wednesday and Saturday 8 p.m. – 10 a.m.
- Watering lawns trees, shrubs and flower beds with automatic in-ground irrigation systems is restricted to Tuesday and Thursday 10 p.m. – 7 a.m.
- Watering lawns trees, shrubs and flower beds with automatic drip irrigation systems is restricted to 10 p.m. – 7 a.m. any day
- Watering decorative hanging baskets/containers by any irrigation method is restricted to 10 p.m. – 7 a.m. any day
- Washing vehicles, boats, and motorized equipment is not permitted
- Washing hardscapes, sidewalks, roofs or any outdoor surface is only permitted for applying paint, stucco, or similar product, or for preparing a surface prior to paving and is not permitted on weekends
- Filling residential, hotel/multi-family/commercial hot tubs and pools or decorative fountains is not permitted
Spruce Grove Park, Rainbow Park and all of Whistler’s golf courses are exempt from the water restrictions as they operate on their own groundwater well systems which do not affect Whistler’s drinking water. Normally, the spray park at Meadow Park would be closed during Stage 3 water restrictions however, due to the extreme temperatures, the spray park will remain open to provide a place to keep cool.
Water restrictions are regulated by the Outdoor Potable Water Usage Bylaw No. 2179, 2018.
To view the Bylaw and to learn more about the RMOW water restrictions, visit whistler.ca/sprinklingregulations.