Dry conditions move outside water use level up to yellow


Enforced watering restrictions now in effect

Reduce your water use

Guelph, Ont., July 10, 2018—The City is enforcing watering restrictions for level 1 yellow of the outside water use program because of a lack of rainfall, hot temperatures and increased demands on the water system.

At level 1 yellow, lawn watering is restricted to 7-9 a.m. and 7-9 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 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 and businesses to continue their commitment to conserving water both outside and inside to ensure a sustainable water supply.”

Indicators that change local watering restrictions include amount of rain, local river flows and water demands. Current hot and dry conditions, and a weather forecast predicting increased temperatures and low rainfall, are the primary reasons for the current change from blue to yellow.
The last time Guelph’s watering restrictions were in level 1 yellow was in 2016.

The City will continue to monitor conditions and work with the Grand River Conservation Authority to decide whether more changes to local watering restrictions are needed throughout the summer.

Outdoor water uses such as tree and flower or food garden watering, running sprinklers for children’s recreational use, and at–home car washing are still allowed. At–home car washing is only allowed using a hose with a shut–off nozzle or with a bucket of water.

Guelph is a groundwater community. Groundwater comes from rain and melted snow that seeps into open spaces and cracks in soil and rock. That means Guelph’s water supply is limited and dependent on local precipitation, and is why the City promotes responsible and efficient outdoor and indoor water use at all times.
How to report a concern
To report a possible infraction of the outside water use program:
· Call 519-837-2529,
· Use the 311GIS map app, or
· Fill out a report online through the How can we help you tool by clicking on the “Bylaw compliance and concerns” button.

For reasons of privacy, please don’t post pictures of private property to social media to report an infraction. Calling or completing an online request are the fastest and most effective ways to report a concern.

In level 1 yellow, the outside water use program is actively enforced by the City’s bylaw officers. Bylaw officers will issue a fine or court summons for each observed infraction.
Lawn and garden care tips
· Set your mower blade to its highest setting and only your cut your lawn when grass is 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall to grow stronger, deeper roots
· In severe drought it is better for grass health not to mow at all
· If you water your lawn, only do so once per week, use a rain gauge and apply 2.5 cm (1 inch) at the most
· Use oscillating sprinklers that shoot low to the ground instead of fan­–style sprinklers which lose more water to evaporation and wind

· Use mulch in gardens to retain moisture; apply 7-10 cm (3-4 inches) deep
· Use a soaker hose or watering can to water plants at their roots and reduce water lost to evaporation
· Water first thing in the morning; watering at night can lead to plant disease
· Choose drought tolerant plants native to the area




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4 responses to “Dry conditions move outside water use level up to yellow

  1. Mary H. Rubio, PhD

    Do the City of Guelph and adjacent Counties mind it if Nestle and the proposed Xinyi Glass plant will keep taking water when citizens are restricted in their use of water? We all use groundwater from the Guelph aquifers! Doesn’t seem fair to citizens.

  2. jamesgordoncouncillor

    Hi Mary…. yes the city does “Mind”…. our CAO wrote a memo to Guelph Eramosa Township expressing concerns about the impact of the Glass Plant on our water security…. and I worked hard early in this term ensuring that the City commented on Nestle water-taking too. unfortunately neither of these locations are within our city limits so we have no jurisdiction…. and our fear is that our new provincial gov’t will be leaning more towards corporate interests despite their “government for the people” stance.

    • Mary H. Rubio, PhD

      Did you know that Guelph Eramosa Township’s Mayor and Councillor L. Marshall SAID they did not see (or read) CAO Derrick Thomson’s letter until nearly 6 weeks after the email was sent on May 9? “GETconcerned” has worked to distribute that letter now so citizens can see that the City of Guelph’s CAO, and Mayor Guthrie, too, are raising concerns about the lack of information about Xinyi’s glass plant proposal (which is NOT a DONE DEAL, as Xinyi’s huge ads imply). See the website: http://www.GETconcerned.org
      There will be a GET Council meeting to vote on July 16, 7 p.m., at the Parkwood Gardens Community Church, 501 Whitelaw Rd. Interested people should attend and be witnesses.

  3. Mork

    Good points Mary.

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