Voluntary Residential Outdoor Water Restrictions Implemented by Halton

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Voluntary Residential Outdoor Water Restrictions Implemented by Halton

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Gary Carr

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In 2006, Gary was elected to the position of Regional Chair at the Regional Municipality of Halton, and was re-elected to the position in 2010. Gary sits on the Standing Committees of Health and Social Services, Administration and Finance, and Planning and Public Works, in addition to a number of Advisory Committees. Gary is also a member of the board for the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, and served on the Halton Regional Police Services Board and Metrolinx.

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Due to the extended hot, dry weather in our region, Conservation Halton and Credit Valley Conservation have issued a Level 1 Low Water Condition in the Halton area on July 8, 2016. Halton Region currently has a sufficient supply of water to meet residents’ needs and the current voluntary water restriction, Level 1 – Blue, will remain in effect. Residents and businesses are asked to consider participating in the voluntary program.

Halton continually monitors the water system to ensure that adequate water is available for domestic and commercial uses, and for firefighting. The Region employs a numeric colour-coded system that indicates the extent of any restrictions on outdoor water use deemed necessary. Factors such as water demand, water storage levels, stream flow and groundwater levels and weather patterns are considered when setting the appropriate alert or outdoor water use restriction level.

The Level 1 – Blue Water Restriction means we are asking residents to voluntarily follow the odd/even watering schedule in order to avoid a water ban. Properties with odd address numbers water on odd numbered calendar days and properties with even address numbers water on even numbered calendar days. Halton is also asking residents to only water between 6:00-9:00 a.m. and 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Water conservation is always important this time of year when consumption rates are higher than any other season; it is especially important in residential areas supported by municipal well-based systems. Residents are asked to conserve water by sweeping driveways rather than using a hose, refraining from overwatering lawns and gardens, using a pool cover and ensuring any irrigation systems are operating efficiently.

Level 1 – Blue Water Restriction

Careful Use requests residents to consider the following before using water which is voluntary odd/even day lawn-watering in effect.

The Odd/Even Rule

  1. If your house has an odd house number → water your lawn on odd calendar days between 6 – 9 a.m. & 6 – 9 p.m.
  2. If your house has an even house number → water your lawn on even calendar days between 6 – 9 a.m. & 6 – 9 p.m.
  3. Other outdoor water use activities are subject to the odd/even rule under levels 2 & 3.

The following outdoor water uses are allowed:

  1. Water newly planted seed or sod.
  2. Water trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens.
  3. Sprinklers for recreational use.
  4. Splash pads.
  5. Fill swimming pools and hot tubs.
  6. Fill garden ponds or fountains.
  7. Wash cars.
  8. Wash building exteriors (i.e. sheds)
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