Calls about water cheats come flooding into Surrey City Hall

SURREY — Calls about water violations are coming in “fast and furious” to Surrey City Hall this year – even more so since Stage 3 restrictions kicked in, according to the city’s bylaw manager.

“Right now, as of (Tuesday), we’re at 800 warnings,” said Jas Rehal.

That’s up from just 83 for all of 2014.

And so far this year, Surrey has issued four tickets, at $250 a piece.

The fine for violating Stage 2 and 3 water restrictions is $250. If the restrictions jump to Stage 4, that will rise to $300.

On Monday (July 20), Metro Vancouver moved to Stage 3 due to the dry and hot weather, continued high water demand and declining reservoir levels.

Stage 3 water restrictions mean a ban on all lawn sprinkling; residential washing of vehicles and boats; filling or topping up of residential swimming pools, hot tubs and garden ponds; watering of golf course fairways; and residential power and pressure washing. As well, municipal parks are not to be watered.

To report water restriction violations, call Surrey’s engineering department at 604-591-4340 or email EngWebmail@surrey.ca. In Delta, call 604-946-3340.

amy.reid@thenownewspaper.com

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