July 10, 2018 2:07 pm

Guelph moves to Level 1 Yellow, enforces outdoor watering restrictions

The City of Guelph will now be enforcing outdoor watering restrictions, officials announced on Tuesday.

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The city of Guelph says it will now enforce watering restrictions as part of its Level 1 Yellow outside water-use program.

Officials said this due to the lack of rainfall, hot temperatures and increased demands on city’s water system.

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Much of the same rules apply as Level 0 Blue, but bylaw officers will now be issuing a fine for an infraction.

Residents are reminded that lawn watering is restricted to 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on odd or even calendar dates by address number. Odd-numbered houses are permitted to water on odd-numbered dates, and even-numbered houses on even-numbered dates.

“Despite some recent rain, overall rainfall is still much lower than usual,” said Heather Yates, supervisor of water efficiency.

“With hot, dry weather expected to last through the summer, we need residents to continue their commitment to conserving water both outside and inside to ensure sustainable water supply.”

Watering gardens and trees or running children’s sprinklers are still allowed. At-home car washing is only allowed using a hose with a shut-off nozzle or with a bucket of water.

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The city said officials will continue to monitor conditions and work with the Grand River Conservation Authority to decide whether more changes to watering restrictions are needed.

Residents can report a possible infraction at 519-837-2529 or fill out a report on the city’s website.

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