Outdoor Watering By-law in Effect on June 1

May 31, 2018

Lawn and garden watering restrictions are in effect from Friday, June 1 until Sunday, September 30. 
If your home address ends with an odd number, 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9, you are permitted to water lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs on odd-numbered dates of the month.

If your home address ends with an even number, 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8, you are permitted to water lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs on even-numbered dates of the month.

On a hot summer day, water consumption can be double the annual daily average. If only half of all residences in the city water their lawns and gardens at any one time, municipal water treatment plants can better maintain normal water pressure and storage tank levels. 

Adequate water pressure is also extremely important for fire protection. The outdoor watering by-law helps to equalize demands on the supply system to avoid water shortages.

Residents are encouraged to shut water off in their home or business while away on vacation to protect against flooding and high water costs associated with waterline leaks or breakages.
About the outdoor watering by-law:

The odd/even watering restriction must be followed during overnight hours. It is not advisable to water lawns and gardens overnight as dampness can promote fungus growth.

Communities served by groundwater wells are particularly vulnerable during a drought. Should the summer be unusually hot and dry, it may become necessary to introduce a ban on all outdoor watering.
Violations of the by-law could lead to charges under the Provincial Offences Act of up to $5,000.
General outdoor watering tips:

•    Place an empty tuna or salmon can on your lawn as you apply water evenly across the surface. Once the can is full, you've applied about 2.5 cm of water, the recommended weekly amount for established lawns.
•    Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day to reduce waste through evaporation. Try to avoid the peak water use time, which is between 5 and 9 p.m.
•    Position sprinklers to water only the lawn or garden, not the street or sidewalk.
•    If your lawn doesn't get enough water, the grass may turn brown which is a sign that the grass is dormant. A previous healthy lawn will recover and turn green once there is sufficient rainfall.

Residences with privately-owned wells are not subject to the municipal by-law, however, the intent of the by-law is to request the cooperation of all citizens to protect shared potable water supplies and sources. 

For more information about the outdoor watering by-law, visit www.greatersudbury.ca/outdoorwatering.
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