City of Pembroke issues more water restrictions 0
SEAN CHASE The City of Pembroke is asking users of municipal water to reduce the frequency and duration of lawn watering, car washing and pool filling.
Back in early July, the city of Pembroke asked all users of its water system to take steps to reduce water consumption. While this step has resulted in some reduction in water demand across the system, additional measures are required.
The city of Pembroke is now asking Pembroke and Laurentian Valley residents serviced by municipal water to reduce the frequency and duration of lawn watering, car washing, pool filling and any other activities requiring large volumes of water.
Back on July 6, the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board issued a press release which, among other things, indicated “record low flows have been observed on most of the main tributaries of the Ottawa River and without significant rainfall, levels and flows on the main stem of the Ottawa River will continue to remain below normal."
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Pembroke District, has since issued a Level 1 Low Water Level advisory and is seeking to have a voluntary 10 per cent water conservation strategy in place for all users of water in the area.
The city of Pembroke has developed some tips to assist users of the municipal water system in achieving the 10 per cent water conservation, including an advisory that lawn watering is to be limited to between the hours of 6 and 8 a.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. with odd numbered addresses on odd numbered days and even numbered addresses on even numbered days.
“Water is a valuable resource” said Pembroke Mayor Ed Jacyno. “We all need to take steps to reduce our consumption. Across the county, province and indeed the entire country people are struggling to access sufficient water. While we are fortunate to have a municipal water system that supplies a reliable source of clean water, we all need to be part of the solution and I am asking that all of us take steps to reduce our consumption of water."