Waterworks Bylaw No. 12-31—No sprinkling or irrigating is allowed between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm on any day. First offence will result in a $100 fine; each subsequent offence will result in a fine of $200.
- Even addresses may sprinkle or irrigate only on even numbered days.
- Odd addresses may sprinkle or irrigate only on odd numbered days.
- Complexes with internal addresses are to use the internal address to determine watering days.
- Watering between midnight and 6:00 am is restricted but is allowed if sprinklers are controlled by an automatic timer.
- All outdoor handheld hoses must be equipped with a spring-loaded shut off nozzle and are permitted at any time.
Water conservation or water use efficiency is important to community sustainability for a number of reasons:
- Economic impacts of constructing and operating the water utility, and the influence of these impacts on affordability;
- Assurance that water supplies will be available for many purposes - drinking, hygiene, landscaping, food production, firefighting; and
- Environmental effects from water withdrawal, and energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions from system operation.
- Keep a jug of cool water in the fridge instead of running the tap
- Insulate your water pipes so hot water is more readily available
- Avoid pouring water down the drain - use it to water plants or fill your pet's dish
- Installing a low-flow kitchen faucet to save up to 10 L per minute
- Only run your dishwasher or washing machine when it is full
- If washing dishes by hand, fill the sink rather than let the water run freely
- Keep showers to five minutes or less
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving
- Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily—tissues, wipes, and hygiene products belong in the wastebin
- Repairing a leaky toilet can save 100 L per day
- Installing an ultra-low flow toilet can save up to 15 L per flush
- Lawns only need about 2.5 cm (1 in.) of water per week. A deep soaking will encourage roots to grow deep
- Shorter daily watering will result in shallow roots and weaker grass
- Cut your grass to 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 in.) tall to provide shade for roots and to help prevent evaporation
- Grasscycle by leaving the clippings on the lawn. This will help with water retention and provide your lawn with nutrients
- Check for leaks in pipes, faucets, and hoses
- Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended
- Consider installing irrigation devices such as micro and drip irrigation, soaker hoses, and sprinklers with timing devices
- Always use a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle when watering plants or washing your car
- Ensure that sprinklers are watering vegetation, not driveways and sidewalks
- Consider utilizing 'smart' technology, climate or soil based controllers that evaluate weather or soil moisture conditions and then adjust the irrigation schedule to meet the specific needs of your landscape
- Install a rain shutoff switch, these inexpensive devices can be retrofitted to almost any system and will prevent your system from turning on while it's raining
- Minimize lawn area by using ground covers other than grass
- Select drought-tolerant flora and group according to their water needs
- Use mulch to retain moisture and reduce weed growth
- Use rain barrels to collect rain water for outdoor plant use
- Avoid ornamental water features (such as fountains) and free-flowing water toys
- If you have a swimming pool, consider a new, water-saving pool filter
- Cover your swimming pool to reduce evaporation
- Sweep your driveway and sidewalk instead of spraying it with a hose