The City of Guelph has bumped up its outdoor water restriction to a Level 2 red.
That means, as of Wednesday, homeowners are now prohibited from watering their lawns at any time during the day.
Food gardens and trees remain exempt and decorative gardens can only be watered between 7 and 9 a.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. on calendar dates based on address number.
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In a news release, the city says the move to Level 2 red is due to an increase in water use, the hot, dry weather and low river levels.
The city says it will continue to monitor the conditions and work with the Grand River Conservation Authority throughout the summer to decide if and when water use levels can or should change.