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Town Of Essex Lifts Residential Outdoor Water Use Ban

Sunday August 7th, 2022, 9:31am


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The Town of Essex has lifted the temporary residential outdoor water use ban issued on August 3rd, 2022. The announcement follows a careful assessment of the current water supply, indicating that the Harrow and Colchester South Water Treatment Tower and Reservoirs are being steadily replenished and approaching standard supply levels. There continues to be no quality concerns with the current water supply.

Effective immediately, residents are permitted to use water for outdoor use in accordance with the annual water conservation regulations outlined in By-law 485. From May to September:

  • Lawn and garden watering is only permitted on alternate days. Municipal addresses ending with 0,2,4,6 and 8 are permitted to water on even calendar days and those ending with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 may water on odd calendar days.
  • Lawn and garden watering is only permitted between 5:00am  and 8:00am and between 6:00pm and midnight on permitted days.
  • Residents with a newly seeded or sodded lawn may apply to their local municipality for a permit temporarily exempting them from the restrictions of the by-law.

The Harrow and Colchester Splash Pads will remain temporarily closed while the system continues to normalize. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to visit the Essex Centre Splash Pad located at 60 Fairview Avenue West (Essex Centre Sports Complex).

“I would like to thank the residents of Harrow and Colchester South for their cooperation in preserving the water supply. This is a perfect example of the strength of our community in overcoming challenges,” said Richard Meloche, Mayor of the Town of Essex. “Please continue to adhere to the guidelines and be mindful of your water usage in effort to preserve our current supply”.

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