Repeat water shortage in Tofino likely if restrictions not obeyed in 2009


Tofino could face a water shortage if residents and businesses don't comply with current stage two water restrictions, writes Sarah Douziech in an article published on July 23, 2009 by the Westerly News.

In  a report to Council, the District's Superintendent of Public Works (Don MacKinnon) said that demand for water is following the same trends as it did in 2006 – the summer the town nearly shut down because of heavy demand, low precipitation and low supply.

Tofino is presently under stage two (of a possible four) water use restrictions that includes a ban on any outdoor watering, washing of vehicles and recreational equipment and any filling of hot tubs or pools. Additionally, residents and businesses are asked not to consume any water between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., except when absolutely necessary.

In 2006, a severe water shortage prompted the town to order all local businesses to close, forcing hotels to turn away vacationers days before the busy Labour Day weekend. In the end, water was trucked in to prevent the closures. Click here to learn more about the 2006 situation.


Posted July 2009