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Current Water Restriction Status:

Normal (no actions needed)



Current Water Restriction Status:

Stage 3 (action required)

Current Water Restriction Status:

Normal (no actions needed)​



Reasons for water restrictions

Water restrictions are implemented when water demand exceeds the capacity of the local treated water supply.

This can happen for a number of reasons:

  • Extended periods of hot, dry weather.
  • Poor raw water quality (ex. due to major rain storm).
  • Contamination of the water source.
  • Unexpected malfunction of a major system resulting in a sudden shortage of water supply.

Non-essential water use

During this time, water should be deferred (except for human consumption).

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Watering lawns, gardens, trees or shrubs
  • Washing vehicles, driveways and home exteriors
  • Filling a Jacuzzi, hot tub or swimming pool
  • Parks watering
  • Fleet vehicle washing
  • Irrigation​​
  • Flooding backyard ice rinks​

Reasons for water restrictions

Water restrictions are implemented when water demand exceeds the capacity of the local treated water supply.

This can happen for a number of reasons:

  • Extended periods of hot, dry weather.
  • Poor raw water quality (ex. due to major rain storm).
  • Contamination of the water source.
  • Unexpected malfunction of a major system resulting in a sudden shortage of water supply.

Non-essential water use

During this time, water should be deferred (except for human consumption).

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Washing vehicles, driveways and home exteriors
  • Filling a Jacuzzi, hot tub or swimming pool
  • Parks watering
  • Fleet vehicle washing
  • Irrigation​

Residents are encouraged to follow an alternate day lawn water schedule:

  • If your home address is an e​ven number, only water on even-numered days
  • If your home address is an odd number, only water on odd-numered days

Regular lawn requirements are only 2.5 cm of water per week, equal to 1 hour of watering per week.​​​​​



Current Water Restriction Status:

Stage 2 restrictions


​Stage 1 restrictions

When

Effective Date ​ April and October
​​Sprinkling times ​ ​ ​Between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. ​ ​
​Frequency ​Any day ​

How

​Pop-up spray, rotors and sprinklers ​ Only during permitted times ​
Hand-watering (trees, shrubs, vegetables) ​ ​ ​Anytime  ​ ​
​Micro and drip irrigation ​Anytime

What

Lawns Permitted during sprinkling times
Ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees​ Permitted during sprinkling times ​
Vegetable gardens or fruit trees ​Anytime
Vehicles, boats, houses​ ​Only with hose with shut off device
Sidewalks or driveways​ ​​Anytime (advised to use a broom)
Fountains, pools or hot tubs​ ​Anytime​
New lawn permits ​Can apply for a permit​


​Stage 2 restrictions

When

Effective Date ​ May 1 until October 1
​​Sprinkling times ​ ​ 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 
For a maximum of 2 hours
​Frequency Every other day
Even # houses: even calendar days
Odd # houses: odd calendar days

How

​Pop-up spray, rotors and sprinklers ​ Only during permitted times
Hand-watering (trees, shrubs, vegetables) ​ ​ ​Anytime
​Micro and drip irrigation ​Anytime

What

Lawns Permitted during sprinkling times / days
Ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees​ Permitted during sprinkling times ​/ days
Vegetable gardens or fruit trees ​Anytime
Vehicles, boats, houses​ ​Only with hose shut off device
Sidewalks or driveways​ ​​Anytime (advised to use a broom)
Fountains, pools or hot tubs​ ​Anytime​
New lawn permits ​Can apply for a permit​


​Stage 3 restrictions

Watering will be limited to one day per week for each zone. Please download​ the zoning map​ and zoom in to find the zone you are located in. No person shall use a sprinkler to water a lawn or garden or wash a vehicle, boat, trailer, windows, or house (siding) unless for safety reasons (i.e. boat trailer brakes) on a property under the following zones:

  • ​​​Zone One:  Mondays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and for no more than 2 hours per day;

  • Zone Two:  Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and for no more than 2 hours per day;

  • Zone Three:  Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and for no more than 2 hours per day.​


​Stage 4 restrictions

When

Effective Date ​ As required
​​Sprinkling times ​ ​ Sprinkling ban: lawn watering not permitted 
​Frequency ​Sprinkling ban: lawn watering not permitted 

How

​Pop-up spray, rotors and sprinklers ​ Not permitted ​
Hand-watering (trees, shrubs, vegetables) ​ ​ Only between ​7 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 
​​Micro and drip irrigation Only between ​​7 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

What

Lawns or boulevards (including newly seeded or sodded lawns) Not permitted
Ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees​ Only with a hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shutoff device
Vegetable gardens or fruit trees ​Anytime
Vehicles and boats ​Not permitted (only exception is for safety)
​Houses (siding), sidewalks or driveways
​Only prior to application of a product such as paint, preservative, stucco, or preparation of a surface prior to paving
Fountains, pools or hot tubs​ Not permitted
New lawn watering permits ​No permits issued

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Exemptions

  • ​A person who has installed a new lawn, either newly seeded or new sod, may apply for a permit which will allow the new lawn to be sprinkled outside of permitted days, but within restricted hours. The permit shall be conspicuously displayed at the premises for which it was issued.
  • New sod or newly seeded lawn may be sprinkled for 14 days after installation, provided a permit pursuant to Subsection (a) has been issued for the premises at which the new lawn was installed.
  • After expiration of a permit issued under Subsection (a), a person may apply for a subsequent permit under Subsection (a), but only once.
  • Permits may not be issued or be valid during Water Conservation Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4, at the discretion of the Manager.​
  • A person may water new trees and shrubs during installation and for the following 24 hours. Afterwards the watering must comply with Water Conservation Levels.
  • A person may water vegetable gardens or fruit trees at any day and time.
  • A person may water flowers, shrubs, and ornamental trees at any day and time in Lev​el 1, Level 2, or Level 3 if using a hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shutoff device;
  • A person may use micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation as follows:
    • Any day and any time during Water Conservation Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3;
    • Any day during Water Conservation Level 4, but only between the hours of 7:00 am to 10:00 am, or 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm;
    • Micro-irrigation and drip-irrigation consist of water delivered to the root zone of a plant and use less than 20 gallons per hour at less than 25 PSI;
    • Soaker hoses and weeper hoses are not considered to be micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation;
  • Commercial enterprises which require water use to facilitate normal business activities (i.e. power washing companies, window washing companies, car dealerships, car washes, nurseries, turf farms, tree farms, etc.) are exempt from all Water Conservation Levels;
  • Commercial properties may vary hours of use with written permission from the Manager. Requests for variations to this regulation must be made annually;
  • Public service premises and utilities may vary hours of use as required to accomplish maintenance and upkeep of public installations;
  • School and municipal playing fields may vary hours of use as required to accomplish maintenance and upkeep of fields;​

Definitions

  • Micro and Drip Irrigation: Delivers water to the root zone of the plants and uses less than 20 gallons per hour at less than 25 psi.
  • Hand-watering: Delivering water by hose with spring-loaded nozzle shut-off device or hand-held container.