Sign of the times: The City of Langley shut off water to the public fountain at Innes Corner Plaza after stage 2 restrictions were declared earlier this month. On Monday, Metro Vancouver implemented even tighter controls, as the water supply in its reservoirs dipped below 70 per cent. Metro has only once before gone to region-wide stage 3 restrictions. That was during severe drought conditions in 2003.

Sign of the times: The City of Langley shut off water to the public fountain at Innes Corner Plaza after stage 2 restrictions were declared earlier this month. On Monday, Metro Vancouver implemented even tighter controls, as the water supply in its reservoirs dipped below 70 per cent. Metro has only once before gone to region-wide stage 3 restrictions. That was during severe drought conditions in 2003.

Residents take issue with neighbours who flout water restrictions

Complaints about improper water use coming in to City and Township as region moves to stage 3 restrictions

A number of Langley residents have been spilling the beans on their neighbours, sending in complaints to both the City and Township about improper water use.

As the unseasonably hot and dry weather continues, Metro Vancouver issued Stage 3 water restrictions for the first time in more than 10 years on July 20, limiting water usage across the region.

But not everyone is complying.

In the Township, there have been 145 complaints recorded since Stage 2 restrictions were imposed on July 3. There have been 210 in all since June 1.

In the City, approximately 45 water regulation complaints have been investigated since June 9, with no tickets issued so far.

Thirteen of those were complaints from residents, three of which were founded.

The remainder were witnessed by City staff.