The City of Charlottetown's Water and Sewer Utility Department reminds the public that seasonal water use restrictions come into effect on Thursday, June 1 and continue until September 30, 2017.
The City’s seasonal water restrictions are mandatory and allow for outdoor watering only in the early morning and evening hours. The hosing off of driveways and other hard surfaces is prohibited under the seasonal restrictions.
The Winter River watershed is most vulnerable to water extraction during the summer and it is important for all residents to follow the mandatory water restrictions to ease the strain on the watershed during the drier months.
"We encourage the public to keep water conservation in mind year-round, but these water use restrictions are in place in the drier, summer months when there tends to be an increase in water use," Councillor Edward Rice, Chair of the City’s Water and Sewer Utility committee. "Water is not a resource that we should be taking for granted; it needs to be protected and conserved in order to be plentiful for future generations. We want to thank the public for their continued attention to the issue of conservation because there has been a lot of work in this area already, especially by community groups and members of our community. We want to encourage those efforts and continue to work together to conserve water."
The City asks that customers use water carefully, both indoors and outdoors, in order to preserve and protect water supplies. If conditions remain dry and the water extraction rates are high, the Utility will implement water shortage restrictions that prohibit all lawn watering and limit car washing to once per week.
The Utility also released its annual Water Report, which includes general Utility information, the annual Water Distribution and Chemistry Analysis Reports and more information on water restrictions, as well as other programs.
To access the annual water report, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/waterutility.php
To find out more about the seasonal water restrictions visit: www.charlottetown.ca/wateruserestrictions.php
City of Charlottetown