Watering bylaw takes effect May 15

Town residents wanting to water their lawns or wash their vehicles should be aware the town’s bylaw regulating non-essential water use will take effect this Sunday (May 15).
Starting that day, odd-numbered addresses only can water on odd days and even-numbered addresses on even days (even-numbered houses are exempt on months with 31 days).
This bylaw is in effect until Sept. 15.
Those who fail to comply with the bylaw can be charged and face a fine up to $300.
In addition, offenders may have their water service discontinued and will have to pay $60 to have it turned back on.
Non-essential water use includes the watering of lawns and gardens, filling of swimming pools, washing of vehicles (other than commercially-operated car washes), and any other use which is not essential to public health and safety, personal hygiene, or to sustain a commercial activity at the municipal address where the water is used.
A person can make an application in writing to the bylaw enforcement department for an exemption from the provisions, such as for watering newly-seeded lawns.
In turn, the bylaw deportment may—at its discretion and having considered the merits of the circumstances surrounding the request—give in writing an exemption from the provisions.

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