Beginning tomorrow, Monday, June 1, the water restriction for outdoor water use comes into effect and will last until the end of August. It is time to turn off the hoses and start paying attention to the calendar.
To conserve water in London during the warmer months, Londoners are expected to only use their hoses on the dates that correspond to their house number.
- on even calendar dates, only those with municipal addresses ending with 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 may use external water
- on odd calendar dates, only those with municipal addresses ending with 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 may use external water
There is currently a by-law awaiting approval that will remove water restrictions on weekends and statutory holidays this summer.
- Your lawn only requires one inch of water per week to survive and thrive through the warmer months. Instead of turning on the sprinkler every other day, buy yourself a rain gauge which will measure the total amount of rain that your lawn gets every week, and then adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
- The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning. Watering during the day will result in most of the water being evaporated.
- Using mulch on your gardens will reduce the need for watering by keeping soil moist and preventing evaporation, as well as help with weeds.
- Set your lawn mower to trim a little bit longer and allow the grass clippings to stay on your lawn. This will add nutrients back to the soil and act as a mulch for your grass which will prevent evaporation and keep the soil moist.
- For more water conservation tips, see HERE.