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Hamilton lifts mandatory watering ban, three days ahead of schedule

A mandatory outdoor watering ban is currently in place throughout the City of Hamilton.
A mandatory outdoor watering ban is currently in place throughout the City of Hamilton. File / Global News

A temporary ban on all non-essential outdoor water use has been lifted ahead of schedule in Hamilton.

Andrew Grice, the city’s director of water and wastewater, stated during a committee meeting on Wednesday that construction-related problems which temporarily limited capacity at the Woodward Water Treatment Plant had been resolved, and they had “started to ramp up production.”

He stated, at the time, that the restrictions could be lifted before the weekend.

A media release issued by the City of Hamilton on Friday afternoon confirmed that the city-wide watering ban has been lifted, three days ahead of schedule.

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The mandatory ban applied to watering lawns, using sprinklers, filling large pools and washing cars and was originally scheduled to remain in place throughout the city until Monday, July 13.

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Residents were still allowed to hand-water their flowers and vegetable gardens.

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Grice says that because of the current heat wave, in addition to the treatment plant issues, “we are seeing peak water usage that we would normally see, kind of, in that real high, hot period of summer” that normally arrives in late July and early August.

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