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Posted on: November 8, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Town clarifying water conservation/restriction alert levels

Water Conservation

The Services Committee recently made some recommendations around water consumption rates in light of recent restrictions and the potential for a wintertime incident to have greater probability for emergency conditions than during the summer months - a time when the raw water reservoir cannot be replenished if the Spring Line is not flowing.  While most measures remain spring and summer focused (outdoors), Level 3 in particular has been retooled with any time of the year in mind.

Three Levels will still exist around Water Restrictions, but are labelled more clearly:

Water Alert 1

All Outdoor Water Use is permitted as follows: 

Odd numbered addresses may water lawns: (Addresses ending in 1,3,5,7,9) 

Thursdays, Sundays

Even numbered addresses may water lawns: (Addresses ending in 0,2,4,6,8) 

Wednesdays, Saturdays

Watering of lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs may occur only during the following hours: 

 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM or 

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

 Requests for site and condition specific irrigation scheduling for commercial or industrial operations using a metered irrigation system may be approved in writing by the Chief Administrative Officer. 

Requests for water conservation exemption permit for newly seeded lawns or freshly planted sod may be applied for at the Municipal Office.

Water Alert 2

All Outdoor Water Use, including watering lawns, non-commercial washing of vehicles, sidewalks, pads, exteriors of building, filling of hot tubs/Jacuzzis, recreational use of sprinklers and like water toys, is restricted to the following schedule:

Odd numbered addresses may water lawns: 

Thursdays, Sundays

Even numbered addresses may water lawns: 

Wednesdays, Saturdays 

Watering may occur only during the following hours: 

6:00 AM - 9:00 AM or

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Flowerbeds and vegetable gardens may be watered by hand, during prescribed times, using a watering can or a hose with a nozzle trigger shut off to restrict water flow. 

Existing irrigation or watering permits for metered commercial/ industrial irrigation or new residential lawns may be suspended; no new approvals will be issued.

Bulk water sales, if operating, are suspended.


All outdoor water use is strictly prohibited.

Household and non-residential use may be controlled through district flow restrictions.

The Chief Administrative Officer or designate may require reduction of water consumption by major non-residential water consumers.

Bulk water sales, if operating, are suspended.

A special metered rate (set by Council) to discourage wasteful water consumption by residential and non-residential consumers may come into effect after two weeks (fourteen days) following the commencement of Level 3 Critical Restrictions*.

The word ‘emergency’ is removed so that it is used exclusively for the next stage of any situation around a serious water shortage that would necessitate the declaration of a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) and involve the Director of Emergency Management as well as various extraordinary legal powers that would prioritize residential and first responder water supply.

Once this bylaw is adopted the water conservation page and website will be updated.

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