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Watering your lawn or garden? Check your bylaw first

Outdoor Water-Use Bylaw now in effect in all cities and towns

With hot and dry summer weather, the Regional Municipality of York reminds residents their Outdoor Water-use Bylaw is now in effect and must be followed in all local cities and towns. 

Houses with odd numbers may only use water outdoors on odd numbered days of the month and even house numbers may only use water outdoors on even numbered days of the month. For example, if your house number is 24, an even number, you can water on even days like 2, 4, 6.

Time of day for watering varies between cities and towns. Newly planted trees and shrubs can be watered for a period of 24 hours after planting. Sod and seed watering details vary between municipalities.

Outdoor activities such as watering lawns and gardens are responsible for water demand nearly doubling during the summer months. This demand places increased pressure on our infrastructure. Pumping stations need to continually draw on surface and groundwater which needs to be treated before it is distributed to our towns and cities. When water use becomes excessive the supply for essential emergency services is threatened.

The Outdoor Water-use Bylaws are in place to ensure towns and cities have enough water to meet normal daily demand and for emergencies. The Bylaw limits the times and dates residents can use municipal water to water their lawns and gardens.

Unless otherwise stated, the Outdoor Water-Use Bylaws are in effect to September 30 every year.

Details for each town and city bylaw may be found on york.ca/outdoorwateruse



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