SURREY â€” Calls about water violations are coming in â€œfast and furiousâ€ to Surrey City Hall this year â€“ even more so since Stage 3 restrictions kicked in, according to the cityâ€™s bylaw manager.
â€œRight now, as of (Tuesday), weâ€™re at 800 warnings,â€ 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 Surreyâ€™s engineering department at 604-591-4340 or email EngWebmail@surrey.ca. In Delta, call 604-946-3340.