Halton’s water is too good to waste – do your part to save by reducing your outdoor water use

Water consumption can double over the summer months due to the increase in seasonal activities such as lawn watering and car washing. While Halton Region considers sustainability in all we do, we can’t do it alone. This summer think twice before turning on your hose in order to reduce your outdoor water use.

By following some simple tips you can make a big difference in the amount of water used across the Region this summer.

  • Adjust your sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
  • Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.
  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
  • Install a rain shut-off device on your automatic sprinklers to eliminate unnecessary watering.
  • Use a broom to sweep your driveway instead of washing it with your hose.

Residents are also asked to conserve water by following Halton’s Outdoor Water Use program. The program is based on a three level, colour-coded system that considers 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
– Properties with even address numbers water on even numbered calendar days

  • 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
– 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.

For more tips on how to reduce your outdoor water use and to sign up to receive an email alert when water restrictions are in effect visit halton.ca/savewater.

Working together, we can meet our water needs today and tomorrow and keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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 or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”