Collingwood Seasonal Water Use Restrictions

The Town of Collingwood reminds residents of the year-round water restrictions as the warm months approach.

The Town of Collingwood Water Use By-law (2016-066, Section 9, 9.1-9.4) includes restrictions to outdoor water usage year-round. The intent of the By-law is to promote water conservation, but it’s particularly important to limit outdoor water use during the summer months to ensure peak water demands in Town can be met with the existing capacity of the water treatment plant. Reducing outdoor water usage ensures water is available for essential services and emergencies, such as firefighting.

The following restrictions remain in place:

  • Properties with odd-numbered addresses can water on odd-numbered calendar days between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Properties with even-numbered addresses can water on even-numbered calendar days between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

These restrictions apply to all irrigation systems as well. Please ensure your automated systems are set to reflect the correct watering day for your residence.

Do I have to wait to water my lawn during the recommended times?

It is preferred that you do. The Town’s water storage reservoirs are replenished overnight, so ideally water use is lower during that period. This will ensure the water storage reservoirs are filled for the next day. Watering during the cooler times of day also limits the amount of water evaporation and allows for better soil absorption. However, you must stick to the appropriate odd or even-numbered days.

But water levels are high in Georgian Bay. Why must we conserve water? 

Regardless of the water levels of Georgian Bay, the Town’s water supply availability is limited by the capacity of the water plant to treat water.

What classifies as ‘outdoor water use’?

Outdoor water use is defined as any activity that requires the use of a hose. This would include lawn
watering, power washers, filling pools, sprinklers, etc. Gardens can be watered using a watering can.

Can I water my newly planted sod or seed with the restrictions in place?

Yes, newly laid sod (less than 28 days) is exempt. This watering is critical for a short period of time for this form of property improvement.

How does the Town of Collingwood enforce outdoor water use restrictions?

The Town’s goal is to encourage compliance with the Water Use By-law through education and issuing warnings, but the Town reserves the right to issue fines and penalties.

Tips for Keeping a Healthy Lawn while Conserving Water
A brown lawn doesn’t always indicate a dead lawn. Brown lawns can recover their green colour after rainfall or cooler weather.

  • Avoid frequent watering. Watering too often can cause your turf to develop shallow roots
  • Promote a healthy lawn by aerating and mowing no shorter than 7.5cm
  • If most of the lawn looks green, only water the dry spots
  • When reseeding or planting, consider drought-resistant grasses, which are often more resistant to insects and disease
  • Use a rain barrel
  • Program irrigation systems to water deeply but infrequently and within Water Use Restriction guidelines
  • Leave grass clippings on your lawn after mowing
  • Check for leaks in your garden hose

All water in and out of the property will be included in your residence’s monthly sanitary charges.
For more information or if you have any questions please contact Environmental Services at 705-445-1581 Ext. 3302

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