Reduce Your Outdoor Water Use

Summer is finally here and Halton is reminding residents to be mindful of their outdoor water use to ensure there is enough water for essential and emergency services like firefighting.

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

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In order to ensure a continuous supply of water for essential and emergency services, residents are asked to conserve water by following Halton’s Outdoor Water Use program. The 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.

For 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 www.halton.ca/waterconservation.

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.”

Congratulations to the winners of Wise Outdoor Water Use Contest

In June, Halton Region and Sheridan Nurseries invited residents to enter to win one of three Wise Outdoor Water Use prize packages as part of Halton’s Outdoor Water Use Program – Know Your Colour, Know Your Limits – which asks residents to be mindful of their outdoor water use during the summer months.

The Wise Outdoor Water Use Contest experienced a record number of entries from residents this year with more than 1100 submissions.  With the hot, dry summer we’ve had, it is encouraging that so many residents were willing to pledge their commitment to reduce their outdoor water use at a time when water consumption often doubles.

Contest winners were randomly selected from all of the entries received. This year’s Wise Outdoor Water Use Contest winners are:

Frank Wielinga from Georgetown who is the winner of the grand prize package valued at over $3,225. The grand prize included an At-Home Master Landscape Design Plan from Sheridan Nurseries, a $2500 Sheridan Nurseries gift card towards the purchase of drought tolerant plants, two gardening guides and an outdoor watering toolkit.

Stefan Smeja from Burlington who is the winner of the second prize package valued at over $1155.  The second prize included an In-Store Landscape Design Sketch from Sheridan Nurseries, a $1000 Sheridan Nurseries gift card towards the purchase of drought tolerant plants and an outdoor watering toolkit.

Kathy Mergulhao from Oakville who is the winner of the third prize package valued at over $975.  The third prize included an In-Store Landscape Design Sketch from Sheridan Nurseries, a $750 Sheridan Nurseries gift card towards the purchase of drought tolerant plants and an outdoor watering toolkit.

Congratulations to the contest winners, and to each of the 1100 people who entered. Your efforts to conserve Halton’s water help to keep our community a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

For more information on Outdoor Water Use please contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 or visit us online at www.halton.ca/waterconservation.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Halton Region’s 2010 Progress Report Now Available Online

On behalf of Regional Council, I am happy to announce Halton Region’s 2010 Progress Report is now available online at www.halton.ca/progressreport. I encourage residents to read the report which highlights a number of significant achievements marked by Halton Region in 2010.

  • In December, Halton Region held the inaugural meeting of the 2010-2014 Regional Council and began the journey of fulfilling the mandate on which we were elected by the citizens of the Region.
  • As part of our commitment to creating sustainable communities, the Region invested $362 million in infrastructure in 2010 to build a better Halton. We also launched Building a Better Halton, our infrastructure plan for Halton Region. Through this plan, we began upgrades and adding to our infrastructure to reduce commute times, provide a high-quality water supply to new communities, and completed preventive maintenance on key services such as wastewater pipes.
  • Halton Region placed a focus on sustainability in 2010 and became the first Region Municipality in Canada to adopt local sustainable food procurement practices for its municipal food services. A new Outdoor Water Use Program– Know Your Colour, Know Your Limits – encouraged residents to be mindful of their outdoor water use during the summer.
  • The Region undertook a number of affordable housing developments in 2010,  including the start of construction on two new seniors’ residences in Burlington and Milton (External LinkAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF)), and the opening of two more seniors’ residences, Bonnie Place II in Burlington and the Residences of St. Andrew’s Georgetown in Halton Hills.

Throughout the 2010 Progress Report, you will read about many of the achievements and initiatives undertaken at the Region and in the community. Regional Council will continue to focus on the programs and services residents have told us are top priorities, to ensure Halton remains one of the best places in Canada to live, work, raise a family, and retire.

Printed copies of the 2010 Progress Report can be requested through Access Halton at 905-825-6000, toll free at 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866), or by email to accesshalton@halton.ca.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Outdoor Water Use: Know Your Colour, Know Your Limits

Did you know that in the summer months water consumption can double? This is largely due to the increase in outdoor water use from activities such as lawn watering and car washing.  In order to ensure a reliable and continuous supply of water for essential and emergency needs like firefighting, I want to remind residents about Halton’s outdoor water use program designed to quickly communicate any outdoor water use restrictions.

The program consists of a numeric and colour coded system that establishes three levels of outdoor water use depending on criteria such as water demand, reservoir and aquifer (groundwater) levels and weather patterns.  The water restriction levels include:

  • Halton Water Restriction Level 1 - BlueLevel 1 (Blue) – Careful Use. Voluntary odd/even lawn watering between 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock in the morning and evening on days that correspond with your house number (if you have an odd numbered house, water on odd numbered calendar days and similarly for even numbered addresses). Car washing and watering of trees, shrubs and gardens is allowed on those days.
  • Water Restriction Level 2 - YellowLevel 2 (Yellow) – Limited Use. Mandatory odd/even lawn watering between 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock in the morning and evening on days that correspond with your house number. Watering of trees, shrubs and gardens should be done using a hand held device such as a watering can.
  • Level 3 (Red) – Stop Use. No outdoor lawn watering or car Water Restriction Level 3 - Redwashing 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.

As the warmer weather is now upon us and homeowners are in the middle of lawn and gardening season, it is very important to learn about the water restriction levels in order to reduce your consumption this summer when required.

The following simple measures can also help to reduce your outdoor water use:

  • Only water your lawns and gardens between 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock in the morning and evening on odd or even days that correspond with your house number.
  • Don’t wash your driveway with a hose. Use a rake or broom instead.
  • If you own an automatic irrigation system, install moisture sensors or a central controller to avoid lawn watering during rainfall.
  • Use drought tolerant plants and place mulch around them to lock in moisture.
  • Know how to turn off your automatic irrigation system in the event of any outdoor water use restrictions.
  • Use a rain barrel to capture rain water to water your plants and garden.

For more information dial 311 or visit the following pages:

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”