Hamiltonians are being asked to restrict their water use for the next week and half to help preserve the city’s water supply.
Late Friday (July 3), the City of Hamilton issued a press release calling on residents to limit their outdoor water usage in all parts of Hamilton until Monday, July 13.
Residents are asked to voluntarily avoid non-essential outdoor water use, such as watering lawns, using sprinklers, or filling large pools, etc.
The release says that the restriction is a precautionary measure to protect the water supply in Hamilton as construction on the Woodward Water Treatment Plant is temporarily limiting the plant’s capacity to treat water.
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.
Residents wishing to, can still hand-water their flowers and vegetable gardens, or water newly installed sod as needed.
The Woodward construction project was scheduled to be complete before the hot weather brought increased demand on the water supply but the City release says delays to the project require this precautionary step to ensure the water supply in Hamilton is not interrupted.
Where possible, the City says it will reduce its own irrigation activities in flower islands, sports fields and golf courses.
Municipal spray pads will continue to operate to help residents cool off during the heatwave, the release says.
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.