Water Conservation

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These are the Water Conservation Regulations in our Utilities Bylaw 1283/17, as amended.


8.1    The Primary Water Conservation Strategy, as stated below, must be complied with at all times, for all Town of Nanton water Consumers:

8.1.1    All outdoor water use, including watering lawns, washing cars, sidewalks, pads, exteriors of buildings, recreational use of sprinklers and like water toys, is permitted; however, the civic address of a premises shall determine the days on which watering may be conducted.

        (a)    Addresses ending with an odd number may water on Thursdays and Sundays.

(b)    Addresses ending with an even number may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

8.1.2    Outdoor water use may only occur between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., in accordance with 8.1.1(a) and 8.1.1(b).

8.1.3    Flowerbeds and vegetable gardens may be watered by hand, at any time, using a watering can or a hose with a nozzle with a trigger shut off to restrict water flow.  Sprinklers and like water toys may be used for recreational purposes by children as long as children are present during use.  Children’s pools (capacity not more than 1000 litres) may be used.

8.1.4    Requests for site and condition specific irrigation scheduling for commercial or industrial operations using metered irrigation systems may be approved by the CAO.

8.2    Where conditions exist that Council or the CAO determines that there needs to be reduced water usage, for any reason whatsoever, the Council or the CAO may impose an Emergency Water Restriction - Level 1, prohibiting all outdoor water use (e.g. washing cars, sidewalks, pads, exteriors of buildings and lawns), excepting:

8.2.1    Flowerbeds and vegetable gardens may be watered by hand, at any time, using a watering can or a hose with a nozzle with a trigger shut off to restrict water flow.

8.2.2    Requests for site and condition specific watering by commercial or industrial operations using metered hand watering or continually monitored systems for the establishment and protection of new plant material, including trees, may be approved by the CAO.

8.2.3    Bulk water sales are suspended.

8.3    In the event that conditions arise that imperil the municipal water supply or its distribution, the Council or the CAO may impose an Emergency Water Restriction – Level 2, whereby, without exception:

    8.3.1    All outdoor water use is prohibited.

8.3.2    Household and non-residential use is controlled through district flow restrictions (reduced pressures subject to Fire Services review and approval).

8.3.4    The CAO will seek agreement on reduction of water consumption with major non-residential water consumers.

8.4    No person shall use any water from the water works system in contravention of the terms of any order made by the CAO under this section.

8.5    The conservation or restrictions may include the regulation, restriction or prohibition of the use of water supplied by the Town for consumers, raw water or bulk users, by any method including but not limited to restricting amounts supplied on an ongoing basis, closing off the water supply during certain times of the day, or totally prohibiting use of water by permanent closure of water supply valves for extended periods of time.

8.6    All plumbing fixtures, supply fitting and shower heads will be installed for either residential or non-residential premises in accordance with the current water efficiency requirements of the Canadian National Energy Code for Buildings, National Building Code and National Plumbing Code.

8.7    All consumers or persons are prohibited from wasting water at any time. Wasting water shall be defined as the unnecessary and/or excessive use of water, for any purpose whatsoever, as deemed by the Chief Administrative Officer, and may include, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, these examples:

    Permitting an irrigation system to run during a rainstorm;

    Permitting water to pool or run-off any lawn, garden, or other outside plant;

    Directing water onto a paved surface, including driveways, sidewalks, or roadways during irrigation;

    Operating a fountain or pond without re-circulating water;

    Washing any vehicle or the outside of a building with the use of a hose not equipped with a shut-off nozzle;

    Use of flowing water instead of dry sweeping to remove loose debris from a residential driveway.

8.8    Any consumer or person who in the opinion of a Peace Officer charged with the enforcement of this Bylaw, wastes water supplied by the Town will be guilty of an offense under this bylaw.  In determining if an activity constitutes wasting water, consideration will be given to the following:

    The volume of water reasonably required to perform the activity undertaken;

    The length of time that water has been allowed to run;

    The degree of control exercised over the flow of water;

    The purpose to which the water is being put;

    The degree of restriction on water consumption presently in place; and

    The existence of any other factors reasonably suggesting that waste of water is occurring or has occurred.

8.9    Exceptions to provisions, all or in part, of the conservation section of this Bylaw may be granted by Council by resolution.

8.9.1    The Town of Nanton Fire Department is exempted from the provisions of this conservation section of the bylaw in all cases excepting non-emergencies. 

8.10    Consumers must possess a new lawn permit to be exempt from the water conservation or restriction provisions of this bylaw.

    8.10.1    Applications for new lawn watering permits must be made in writing.

8.10.2    New lawn watering permits may be issued at the Town Office upon inspection and approval of the site by the Town.

    8.10.3    New lawn watering permits will be valid for a maximum of six (6) weeks.

8.10.4    New lawn watering permits immediately become null and void upon imposition of any water restriction.

8.10.5    The CAO may revoke a new lawn permit at any time if it is deemed unnecessary in the opinion of the CAO.