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Water Conservation

Water is perhaps our most valuable resource that has been taken for granted.  It is essential that water conservation be foremost in our minds in order to sustain supplies during periods of reduced rainfall and peak demand.  Essential water reserves must be maintained to provide unrestricted water use for activities of necessity associated with indoor water use and fire protection.

The Region of York is responsible for the supply of municipal potable water (wells, reservoirs, etc.) and the Town is essentially responsible for the distribution of municipal water through local watermains to the end users.

In the interest of water conservation, the Town's Outdoor Water Use By-law restricts the use of municipally supplied water for outdoor purposes to specific days and times between May 15 and September 30 beyond which the restrictions do not apply unless otherwise advertised.  Generally, outdoor water use includes watering lawns and gardens, washing vehicles, sidewalks or driveways and filling swimming pools.  The daily watering restrictions for outdoor water use are as follows:

  1. An EVEN numbered address may use water outdoors ONLY ON EVEN NUMBERED DAYS of the month.
  2. An ODD numbered address may use water outdoors ONLY ON ODD NUMBERED DAYS of the month.
  3. Outdoor water use is only permitted between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  The use of municipal water from a hose, pipe, sprinkler, or permanent water irrigation system outside these periods is a contravention of the by-law.

In addition to the restrictions, the Region of York may declare it necessary to ban the use of municipal water for outdoor use in the event of reduced rainfall in order to ensure adequate supplies for essential purposes.  The ban may be declared in any one of three stages and not necessarily consecutively, as follows:

Stage 1 Ban    Persons are requested to voluntarily ban the use of municipal water for outdoor purposes.

Stage 2 Ban    Persons are required to ban the use of municipal water for outdoor purposes.

Stage 3 Ban    Same as a Stage 2 Ban but additional conservation measures may be imposed upon the industrial and commercial sectors.

It should be noted that there are exceptions to the restrictions or ban which are spelled out in the By-law.

For further clarification, please note the link below to Outdoor Water Use 2002-100 "BEING A BY-LAW TO REGULATE THE SUPPLY AND USE OF WATER WITHIN THE SERVICED AREA OF THE TOWN OF EAST GWILLIMBURY". Please note that at this time there is no content to Schedule 'B' and 'C' referenced in the By-law since "Non-Essential Water Users" have not yet been identified.  If you have any questions relating to this By-law please contact the Community Programs and Infrastructure Department at 905-478-4282."

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