Targets cannabis growers

AU: Water shortage forces local governments to issue second order under State of Local Emergency

Local governments on the Sunshine Coast have issued a second order, authorized under the State of Local Emergency (SOLE), this time targeting private pools, Sechelt’s arena, cannabis growers and cement producers.

The order, which will take effect Nov. 11 at 11:59 p.m., was issued because of “the imminent risk that the supply of potable water from the Chapman Water System will be exhausted as the result of the impacts of this summer’s drought,” according to a Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) press release issued Thursday. 

Stage 4 water conservation regulations remain in place for Chapman Water System users. Both the District of Sechelt and shíshálh Nation Government District, also under a SOLE, have issued similar orders. 

The following uses of Chapman water are banned under the SCRD order: 
- Operating, filling and topping up hot tubs, steam baths, saunas and pools, except for the Sechelt Aquatic Centre pool.
- Installing and maintaining ice at the Sunshine Coast Arena in Sechelt.
- Growing or producing non-medical cannabis.
- Manufacturing, transporting, processing, cleaning and installing or repairing concrete, cement, asphalt, gravel and aggregate.

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