Outdoor Water Use Program

In Halton Region we are very fortunate to be located near one of the world’s largest fresh water sources – Lake Ontario. While it may seem that we have an abundance of water at our finger tips, it is still critical to be mindful of our water use especially in the summer months.

Water conservation is very important during the summer when water consumption can double due to the increase in outdoor water use from activities such as lawn watering and car washing. 

While we have been fortunate this year to have experienced some rainfall with our hot temperatures, there are still several more weeks of summer to go. Halton Region is asking residents to continue being mindful of outdoor water use to ensure there is enough water for essential and emergency services like firefighting.

One simple thing residents can do to help conserve water around the house is to follow Halton’s water restriction levels when they are in place. Halton’s Outdoor Water Use Program consists of a three level, numeric, colour-coded system that considers factors, including water demand, water storage levels, groundwater levels and weather patterns:

LEVEL 1 (Blue) – Careful Use

  • Voluntary odd/even lawn watering between 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. & 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Properties with odd address numbers water on odd numbered calendar days
  • Properties with even address numbers water on even numbered calendar days
  • Car washing and watering of trees, shrubs and gardens is allowed.
  • Although level one is voluntary, resident cooperation to reduce regular outdoor water use is important.

LEVEL 2 (Yellow) – Limited Use 

  • Mandatory odd/even lawn watering between 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. & 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Properties with odd address numbers water on odd numbered calendar days
  • Properties with even address numbers water on even numbered calendar days
  • Use a hand-held device such as a watering can.to water trees, shrubs and gardens.

LEVEL 3 (Red) – Stop Use

  • No outdoor lawn watering or car washing is permitted in order to conserve water for emergency and essential services.
  • Watering of trees, shrubs and gardens can be done using a hand-held device following the odd/even watering rule.

All Halton municipalities are currently under a Blue, LEVEL 1 water restriction. Residents are asked to be mindful of their outdoor water use by following the odd/even watering rule to help prevent entering into mandatory water restrictions.

Environmental protection and the conservation of water is a key initiative in Halton Region’s Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan.  By working together, we can all make a difference in order to reduce water consumption.

To learn more about the Outdoor Water Use Program dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/waterconservation.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”