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Water Restrictions Still In Effect

Water Restrictions Still In Effect

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In spite of the cooling weather, an ongoing lack of rain means that Stage 3 water restrictions are still in effect in the GVRD. Since UBC changed its water use practices on July 21, water consumption on the campus is down 40% compared with last  year:

david woodson tweet aug 18

Tweet courtesy of David Woodson, Managing Director of Energy and Water.

If you spot any:

  • Opportunities for Building Operations to help you design your plumbing system to use less water in your research
  • Leaky faucets, shower-heads, or toilets
  • Dangerous fire risks like piled brush or improperly-stored flammables

Please contact the Building Operations Service Centre at 604.822.2173.

UBC Water Restrictions Moving to Stage 3; Extreme Fire Rating

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Stage 3 Water Restrictions

UBC is moving to Stage 3 water restrictions following Metro Vancouver guidelines. Full details can be read at http://www.buildingoperations.ubc.ca/watering/.

View the GVWD Water Shortage Response Plan – At a Glance document to learn more about water restrictions at the various stages.

Extreme Fire Rating

Earlier this month, a discarded cigarette caused a shrub fire on campus, which highlights how little it takes for a fire to start in these extremely dry conditions. With an extreme fire rating in place, smokers should carefully dispose of butts and ashes in non-flammable locations.

View the BC Wildfire Service’s Danger Ratings Map (updated daily)

UBC Water Restrictions and Extreme Fire Rating

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Due to unseasonably dry and hot weather, Metro Vancouver has issued stage 2 water restrictions and an extreme fire rating for Pacific Spirit Regional Park and the lower mainland. Starting this week at UBC, lawns will only be watered once a week, all power washing and window washing will be discontinued, and campus water features will be taken off the potable water feed and drained where necessary. Drained water will be used for irrigation whenever possible.

An extreme fire rating means that no burn permits will be issues and that campfires and briquette barbecues are prohibited. Please be aware of spark and fire sources – smokers should carefully dispose of butts and ashes in non-flammable locations.

For more details, and learn what you can do, visit http://www.buildingoperations.ubc.ca/watering/.