Residents wanting to water their lawns or wash their vehicles should be aware the town’s bylaw regulating non-essential water use will take effect this Monday (May 15).
Starting that day, odd-numbered addresses only can water on odd days and even-numbered addresses on even days (even-numbered houses are exempt on the last day of months with 31 days).
This bylaw is in effect until Sept. 15.
Those who fail to comply with the bylaw can face a fine up to $300.
In addition, offenders may have their water service discontinued and will have to pay $70 to have it turned back on.
Non-essential water use includes the watering of lawns and gardens, filling of swimming pools, washing of vehicles (other than commercially-operated car washes), and any other use which is not essential to public health and safety, personal hygiene, or to sustain a commercial activity at the municipal address where the water is used.
A person can make an application in writing to the bylaw enforcement department for an exemption from the provisions, such as for watering newly-seeded lawns.
In turn, the bylaw department may—at its discretion and having considered the merits of the circumstances surrounding the request—give in writing such an exemption.