Kawartha Lakes would like to inform all residents and businesses in Lindsay who are on municipal water services to begin water conservation practices immediately.
The area is experiencing significant increases in water demand due to extended hot and dry weather, and necessary repairs to equipment at the Lindsay Water Treatment Plant.
Phase One Water Restrictions are now in effect in accordance with ByLaw 2018-039: A By-Law to Regulate Water and Wastewater Services in Kawartha Lakes.
The municipality implements water conservation measures when one or more of the following signs are observed and/or continue:
- well water levels are starting to drop below seasonal levels;
- pump running times are longer than normal;
- dry weather is predicted;
- and/or water demand is higher than normal
What does a Phase One Water Restriction mean?
Water Restrictions are orders put in place by the municipality to help residents identify best practices to help conserve water. Under Phase One restrictions, residents must abide by the following:
- Residents who live on a property with an odd-numbered address are only allowed to water vegetation (such as lawns, trees, gardens) on days of the month that are also odd. For example, a resident who lives at 25 Francis Street can water their property on July 9 and July 11, but not on July 10.
- Residents who live on a property with an even-numbered address are only allowed to water vegetation (such as lawns, trees, gardens etc.) on days of the month that are also even. For example, a resident who lives at 26 Francis Street can water their property on July 10 and July 12, but not on July 11.
- In addition to the circumstances above, residents are asked to water their lawns and gardens only in the morning between 6-9 a.m., or in the evening, between 7-10 p.m.
Phase One Water Restrictions can be enforced under the By-Law, however the municipality is asking residents to help do their part by being mindful of water consumption while we continue to experience extreme heat and dry conditions.
More reduction tips:
- Limit washing of motor vehicles
- Use a broom instead of your hose to clean driveways, sidewalks and steps
- Check your faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks
- Call a commercial water hauler to fill swimming pools
- Wash clothes / dishes only when there is full load in the machine
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving
When it comes to conserving water, even small adjustments can have a big impact. Together we can conserve water and keep our communities thriving and healthy.
Please note that Phase Two Water Restrictions may be implemented if further concern for water levels becomes evident at the Lindsay Water Treatment Plant.