The Carr Report - June 2010

Outdoor Water Use: Know Your Colour, Know Your Limits

During the summer months water consumption often doubles largely due to increased outdoor water use from activities such as lawn watering and car washing. In order to ensure a reliable supply of water for emergency services like firefighting, Halton has launched an outdoor water use strategy designed to quickly communicate outdoor water restrictions.

The outdoor water use program consists of a numeric and colour coded system that establishes 3 levels of restriction which depend on criteria such as water demand, water treatment reservoir levels, aquifer levels (groundwater) and weather patterns. The water restriction levels include:

  • Halton Water Restriction Level 1 - BlueLevel 1 (Blue) - Careful Use. Voluntary odd/even lawn watering between 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock in the morning and evening on days that correspond with your house number. (If your house number ends with an odd number, water on any odd numbered calendar day and similarly for even numbered addresses) Car washing and watering of trees, shrubs and gardens is allowed on those days.

  • Water Restriction Level 2 - YellowLevel 2 (Yellow) - Limited Use. Mandatory odd/even lawn watering between 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock in the morning and evening on days that correspond with your house number. Watering of trees, shrubs and gardens should be done using a hand held device such as a watering can.

  • Water Restriction Level 3 - RedLevel 3 (Red) - Stop Use. No outdoor lawn watering or car washing is permitted in order to conserve water for emergency and essential services. Watering of trees, shrubs and gardens can be done using a hand held device following the odd/even watering rule.

 

 

As the warmer weather is now upon us and homeowners are in the middle of lawn and gardening season, it is very important to learn about the water restriction levels in order to reduce your consumption when required.

The following simple measures can also help to reduce your outdoor water use:

  • Only water your lawns and gardens between 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock in the morning and evening on odd or even days that correspond with your house number.
  • Don’t wash your driveway. Use a rake or broom instead.
  • If you own an automatic irrigation system, install moisture sensors or a central controller to avoid lawn watering during rainfall.
  • Plant drought tolerant plants.
  • Know how to turn off your automatic irrigation system in the event of any outdoor water use restrictions.

 

 

For more information dial 311 or visit the following pages:

 

 

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca.

Regards,

Gary Carr
Regional Chair