What Happens After Stage 3

What Happens After Stage 3

If the District’s groundwater supply system is unable to keep up with water consumption, or in the event of an emergency situation, the emergency backup surface water sources may be brought into the system. In this event, the District will issue a Boil Water Notice.

Under a Boil Water Notice, it is mandatory for all residents and food service operations to boil drinking water prior to consumption, which includes the washing of foods. The District requires cooperation from Squamish residents and businesses to avoid all unnecessary outdoor water use, thereby reducing the possibility of having to use our emergency backup surface water sources.

Surface water is disinfected with chlorine however there is a small risk that chlorine-resistant microorganisms could make it through the disinfection process. Under the direction of Vancouver Coastal Health, a Boil Water Notice is necessary to safeguard against the risk of contamination.

Adhering to Stage 3 Outdoor Water Use restrictions may help to prevent the need for a Boil Water Notice to be issued.

District Public Works staff, the Water Conservation Educator and Bylaw staff will be out in the community to inform residents and businesses of the Stage 3 Outdoor Water Use restrictions. Anyone not in compliance with the bylaw will be asked to turn off their hoses and may receive a ticket.

What is Stage 4?

Stage 4 Outdoor Water Use restrictions means no outdoor water use is permitted at all. This Stage is reserved for emergency purposes such as a significant watermain break, critical pump failure or to support fire fighting needs.

Check out our frequently asked questions for more information.

Return to the Outdoor Water Use Bylaw or find out more about Water Conservation.

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