September 2015 Update:
Water levels continue to decrease in both the Cumberland Creek reservoirs and the Allen Lake reservoir. Recent rain has slowed the decline but not significantly and with no major precipitation in the long term forecast it is not anticipated that the current water restrictions will be lifted. Staff will continue to monitor water levels and weather forecasts and advise Council when it’s safe to remove the current water restrictions.
The Village of Cumberland moved to stage 3 water restrictions on July 20, 2015 due to lower than usual water levels in the Cumberland Creek and Perseverence Creek watersheds resulting from the lack of significant rainfall over the last few months.
Moving to stage 3 is a preventative step to ensure that there is enough community water through to the fall in the event that there isn’t significant rainfall.
Royston residents who who receive their water from the Royston water system can find out more about Royston stage three restrictions.
Stage 3 requires residents to limit outdoor water use and to water your garden and trees only in the early mornings and evenings to reduce the amount of evaporation from the sun. The use of mulch in the garden is another effective way to reduce evaporation. Residents are encouraged to water around the base of plants slowly, deeply and less frequently. Light, frequent watering can be harmful to plants as it encourages shallow root growth.
Cumberland Stage 3 Water Restrictions
During Stage 3, you may
- use micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation systems to water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables on any day between the hours of 4 am to 10 am and 7 pm to 10 pm,
- water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables on any day between the hours of 4 am to 10 am and 7 pm to 10 pm if watering is done by hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle,
- water newly planted trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables between the hours of 4 am to 10 am and 7 pm to 10 pm only by hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle during installation and the following 24 hours after installation is completed,
- water all weather playing fields at any time, but only if failure to do so will result in a permanent loss of plant material, and
- if necessary for applying a product such as paint, preservative and stucco, preparing a surface prior to paving or repointing bricks, or if required by law to comply with health or safety regulations, use water to wash sidewalks, driveways or parking lots, exterior windows or exterior building surfaces
During Stage 3, you may not
- water a lawn or boulevard,
- fill a swimming pool, hot tub or garden pond,
- fill or operate a non re-circulating fountain, or
- wash a vehicle or a boat with water.
Exemptions from Stage 3 Restrictions:
- nurseries, farms, turf farms and tree farms are exempted from the restrictions,
- wading pools may be filled with water, and
- vehicles and boats may be washed with water only at car dealerships and commercial car washes using less than 57 litres of water per vehicle wash or 50% re-circulated water as long as the total amount of water, excluding re-circulated water does not exceed 57 litres per vehicle wash.
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