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Water Ban and Water Conservation Plan

July 21, 2022

Water Ban Lifted

Town staff were able to locate a total of 3 leaks- with those repairs completed, along with the water ban, the water tank capacity is currently at 93% and continues to rebuild. Based on the fact that all water systems are functioning appropriately, the water ban will be lifted as of 8:00 am on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

The town will move to a Water Conservation Plan which applies to all domestic uses of water in the Town. We ask for your full cooperation to limit the use of water to protect the water supply.

Cloudy Water

With depletion of supply, cloudy water is the result of air in the distribution system which is caused by frequent interruptions. Cloudy water should dissipate over time, and in many times in a few seconds.

Water Conservation Plan:

Swimming Pools

If you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, you are required to contact the Town Office every year for a permit. If you plan on using town water, staff will coordinate appropriate times for you later in the evening and throughout the night.

Permit for Swimming Pools:

  • Pools using town water- $50 for the first 1000 gallons. Additional $15 per 1000 gallons
  • Pools using other water sources- No cost

Watering Lawns

Watering of new lawns, existing lawns, and landscaping with a sprinkler system is restricted to a maximum of 20 minutes, two days per week, between the hours of 6:00 am – 8:00 am, in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Even civic address numbers on Wednesday and Saturday
  • Odd civic address numbers on Thursday and Sunday

Hand Watering

Watering trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetable gardens with a water can or hose with an automatic shut off nozzle is permitted at any time.

Watering Lawn Suggestions

  • The a.m. is the best time to water the lawn because the air is cooler and there’s usually less wind to blow the droplets.
  • In the middle of the day, water evaporates too quickly.
  • In the evenings, water can cling to the blades of grass overnight, which can cause lawn diseases.

Suggestions to Conserve Water

  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, driveway, or road.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.
  • For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. Then collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, reuse it to water houseplants.
  • Periodically check for leaks indoors and outdoors, especially faucets, sprinklers, and hoses.
  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
  • Use a water barrel to collect water from your roof to water your garden.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my children use water toys (i.e., waterslides, slip-n-slides, water sprinklers)?

Yes-But water should not be left running when children are not using these toys.

Can I wash my car?

Yes-Residential washing of cars is permitted with the use of a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle.

Can I wash my driveway or parking lot?

No-Washing of paved driveway or parking lot is prohibited.

Can I have a Car Wash Fundraiser?

No-Not at this time.

Can I wash my siding and windows?

Yes-Siding and window washing is permitted with the use of an automatic shutoff nozzle.

Proactive Measures for Reliable Water Supply

In a recent flyer on July 15, the Town provided information on planned infrastructure improvements that have either been approved for the town or are pending approval to upgrade the town’s water system. These projects included:

  • Water Tank Replacement- ready for tender- $1,603,968.48
  • Water Main Extension- Salmonier Line to North Arm River via Walls Road- $1,063,383.18
  • Environmental Registration- design and construction of a new access road from Salmonier Line to the proposed intake location and a pedestrian access road from the proposed intake location to Island Pond as well as 180 meters of watermain- $718,476.45
  • Water Treatment Facility- Application to the value of $2,050,000 is in Federal and Provincial Government System.
  • The town is also installing pressure reducing valves on the main water system (most recently North Side Road), a full asset integrity plan has been developed on water and sewer lines, and the town will be moving on flow meters in strategic locations on the main line to help assist with detection of leaks.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and lets all continue to work together to conserve potable water.