Q: My strata council insists that the outside water has to be shut off in October. It seems too early, since I garden and clean my deck and need outside water as long as possible. Is October realistic or too early?
— Clair, Delta
A: When the outside temperature drops below minus six degrees Celsius, water pipes can freeze and burst, resulting in costly plumbing repairs.
Fall weather in Vancouver can be unpredictable and it is not unheard of to have a cold weather snap come up.
Considering the costly consequences, it is wise for your strata to be ready for winter in October or November at the latest to prevent damage caused by freezing water in lines.
Note: This applies to people living in the Greater Vancouver area.