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B.C. Water Restrictions Hit Extreme Levels As Drought Continues

The bans may stay in place right through until September.

Two areas of Vancouver Island have introduced the highest water restriction levels as B.C.'s dry summer rages on.

The Regional District of Nanaimo and the city of Parksville announced Thursday that a Level 4 water ban was officially in place.

That means no outdoor sprinklers, no filling up swimming pools, and no washing cars, driveways, sidewalks, or buildings. Strict rules for watering gardens are also in effect.

A breakdown of the different levels of water restrictions, from levels 1 to 4.

The City of Vancouver is currently under a level 2 water restriction, which means lawn-watering is allowed, but only on certain days of the week.

Some Vancouverites have reportedly been calling out wasteful neighbours for breaking the rules, leading to over 750 warnings and five $250 tickets being issued to residents, city spokeswoman Patricia MacNeil told CBC News.

Across the province, 197 fires are burning, prompting nine evacuation orders and eight states of local emergency. The B.C. government has spent nearly $97 million fighting the flames, far exceeding its $63-million budget already.

Environment Canada is predicting that the higher-than-normal temperatures and dry conditions will continue well into the fall.

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