The city’s water supply status is in the orange zone because of demands on the system during the past few weeks from excessive watering of lawns and gardens and other outdoor water uses.
Homeowners and businesses are now experiencing incidents of low water pressure since the last weekend of May when daily demands on the municipal water treatment plant for water supply ranged from just below 6000 cubic metres to almost 7000 cubic metres.
If the water supply demand remains in the orange zone or moves into the red zone, there is a risk that the fire department will not have enough water available from the municipal hydrants to deal with fire calls.
The city has put restrictions in effect on outdoor use of water. Homeowners are asked to limit use of automatic sprinklers for their lawns and gardens to between the hours of 7 and 9 a.m. and between the hours of 7 and 9 p.m. This applies on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for homes with odd-numbered addresses and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for homes with even-numbered addresses. Manual watering is allowed but residents are asked to limit the amount of time they spend doing so.
A $150 fine applies to anyone who fails to obey the water use restrictions.
If the water demand status does not soon move from the orange zone to the green zones, or if it shifts to the red zone, the city may be forced to issue a ban on outer watering to bring the situation under control.