In the midst of a heat alert in the region, the City of Hamilton is asking residents to limit their outdoor water usage in all parts of Hamilton until Monday, July 13th.
This morning, the City of Hamilton upgraded its voluntary ban to a mandatory ban on all non-essential outdoor water use across all parts of Hamilton. The city is also using robo calls to get the word out.
Residents are asked to avoid non-essential outdoor water use, such as watering lawns, using sprinklers, or filling large pools, etc.
In a release, the city stated that the restriction is a precautionary measure to protect the water supply in Hamilton. Residents in all parts of the city, including those in Stoney Creek, Dundas, Ancaster, Waterdown and parts of Flamborough and Glanbrook are asked to voluntarily participate in the restrictions.
The temporary outdoor water restriction is resulting from construction at the Woodward Water Treatment Plant, which is temporarily limiting the plant’s capacity for treating water.
“This construction project was scheduled to be complete before the hot weather brought increased demand on the water supply,” the release stated. “However, delays to the project require this precautionary step to ensure the water supply in Hamilton is not interrupted.”
Where possible, the City will reduce its own irrigation activities in flower islands, sports fields and golf courses. However, due to the heat, municipal spray pads will continue to operate.
Residents with private wells and those living in Carlisle, Freelton, Greensville and Lynden on the local municipal well systems are not impacted by this restriction.
The daytime high is forecast to average 30°C for the next two weeks with Tuesday expected to reach a high of 35°C.