Halifax Water is instituting mandatory water restrictions for all residents and businesses served by the Lake Major Water Supply Plant, due to prolonged dry weather.
The utility says the weather has resulted in low water levels at Lake Major, which serves the communities of Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, North Preston and Westphal.
The conservation measures include not watering lawns, gardens or plants and not washing cars or RVs at home.
Commercial car washes will be allowed to remain operating for the time being.
Halifax Water says the restrictions are being implemented to maintain essential water service for all customers in the area, and that conserving water will help avoid a “potentially serious situation involving future water outages.”