Outdoor Watering By-law
Lawn and garden watering restrictions are in effect from June 1 until the end of September.
There is increased demand for water during the summer, when normal household use is supplemented with outdoor watering. Following the rules of the outdoor watering bylaw can make a big difference.
Following the by-law helps our water treatment plants more easily maintain normal water pressure and storage tank levels. This is especially important during periods of low rainfall because our water sources are not being replenished.
How to obey the Outdoor Watering By-law
If your home address ends with an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9):
- Between June 1 and September 30 you can water lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs on odd-numbered days of the month
If your home address ends with an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8):
- Between June 1 and September 30 you can water lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs on even-numbered dates of the month.
The Outdoor Watering Bylaw applies both day and night. Compliance Officers monitor violations of the by-law. First time violations could result in a $300 ticket. Repeat violations could lead to charges under the Provincial Offences Act and a fine of up to $5,000.
If the by-law is not being followed or there is period of extended drought that results in water shortages, there may be a total ban on outdoor watering.
Freshly Laid Sod
The owner or occupant of a property may use municipal water for water freshly laid sod for up to 14 consecutive days.