Utilities Kingston reminds residents of seasonal watering restrictions

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The City of Kingston’s annual seasonal watering restrictions are now in effect and will remain until September 15, 2024. Residents and businesses with odd-numbered addresses may water on odd-numbered days, while those with even-numbered addresses may water on even-numbered days, according to Utilities Kingston. 

In a media release on Tuesday, Jun. 25 2024, the utility company shared the following watering guidelines:

  • Use a hand-held hose, can or bucket any time on their scheduled day.
  • Use a sprinkler between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. on their scheduled day.
  • Tap into your rain barrel any time – it saves energy, conserves water, and keeps your garden lush!

Water and wastewater infrastructure is built to handle peak demand times, typically from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Utilities Kingston noted, adding that reducing water use during these hours ensures reliable water reserves and maintains fire protection capabilities.

“As warmer weather sets in each year, we see an increase in demand on our water systems,” said Heather Roberts, Director of Water & Wastewater Services at Utilities Kingston.

“By reducing water use during peak seasons, we can ensure a reliable supply, maintain adequate reserves, and meet community needs sustainably. Your commitment to conserving water is essential.”

Reducing outdoor water use also reduces the pollutants that end up in the lake, according to the release. This is because much of the water from sprinklers and hoses (such as from washing cars) runs off into the storm sewer, picking up pollutants that end up in Lake Ontario, Kingston’s source of drinking water.

“We encourage everyone to adopt water-wise gardening practices. Simple steps can lead to beautiful gardens while conserving water and protecting our environment,” added Caro Casista, Conservation Coordinator at Utilities Kingston.

The media release included the following tips for water-wise gardening:

  • Use rain barrels to collect and use rainwater.
  • Follow best practices for watering, such as watering early in the morning.
  • Amend soil with organic content to retain moisture.
  • Incorporate drought-tolerant plants into your garden.

Utilities Kingston suggested that, for inspiration, the public can wander through the Utilities Kingston Water Conservation Garden at 1211 John Counter Blvd. Explore online resources and order a rain barrel at UtilitiesKingston.com/ConservationGarden.

The City of Kingston’s Water Bylaw regulates water restrictions to ensure sustainable water use during peak demand periods. Visit UtilitiesKingston.com to learn more about exemption permits, water-saving tips, and how to make the most of your outdoor water use.

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