What Happens After Stage 3

What Happens After Stage 3

If water consumption continues to rise and surface water is brought into the system, the District may need to issue a Water Quality Advisory. A Water Quality Advisory lets the public know that there is a small risk with the drinking water. People who are very young, or very old, who have weakened immune systems, are on chemotherapy, or in poor health, should boil their drinking water as a precaution.

Generally speaking, the District’s surface water supplies are good, clean sources. Surface water is disinfected with chlorine however there is a small risk that chlorine-resistant microorganisms could make it through the disinfection process. Ongoing testing takes place for turbidity, bacteriological properties and chlorine levels.

Following a Water Quality Advisory, a Boil Water Notice would be issued next if the turbidity or bacteriological levels are too high. Under a Boil Water Notice it is mandatory for all residents to boil drinking water prior to consumption, which includes the washing of foods.

Adhering to Stage 3 water restrictions can prevent the need for a Water Quality Advisory or a Boil Water Notice to be issued.

District Operations, the Water Conservation Educator and Bylaw staff will be out in the community to inform residents and businesses of the Stage 3 restrictions. Anyone not following the bylaw will be asked to turn off their hoses.  

What is Stage 4?

Stage 4 means no water use at all. This Stage is reserved for emergency purposes such as a watermain break 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.