Dry weather, dry lawns and the region’s water conservation bylaw

Sprinklers were running full tilt this morning, soaking the fresh sod at the new housing development on Captain McCallum Drive in New Hamburg. Sod and grass seed can be watered for up to 14 consecutive days after planting according to the Region of Waterloo's water conservation bylaw. A permit is required.

Although you may be tempted to set up the sprinkler to give your thirsty lawns some relief from the heat this week, you might want to consider the Region’s Water Conservation Bylaw 07-069 (and amendments), which limits outdoor water use to specific days and times. By complying with the bylaw you avoid a fine, help to reduce peak water use and limit the risk of an outdoor watering ban.

Residents are prohibited from watering their lawns outside of specific days and times based on their address. Watering of gardens, trees, shrubs and other outdoor plants; washing a car with a hose; and topping‐up of permanent residential pools is also permitted within specific time frames.

Lawn watering is permitted from 5:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

House numbers ending in 0 or 1 may be irrigated within the designated times only on Mondays; addresses ending in 2 or 3 may be irrigated within the designated times only on Tuesdays; 4 or 5 may be irrigated within the designated times only on Wednesdays;  6 or 7 may be irrigated within the designated times only on Thursdays; and 8 or 9 may be irrigated within the designated times only on Fridays.

More information is available here.

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