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Summer Outdoor Water-Use By-law

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Water DropSummer Outdoor Water-Use By-Law
During the hot, dry summer months, water consumption typically rises as a result of increased lawn watering, car washing and other outdoor uses, causing reserves to run low. It is important that we protect our environment by using the resources available to us wisely. Conservation is the key to keeping adequate water reserves. As such, the Town's Water Use Conservation By-law 39-08 restricts water use from June 15 to September 30 each year as follows:
  • If your house number is odd, water on odd numbered days between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., or between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., for a maximum of four hours, except during a total ban of water use.
  • If your house number is even, water on even numbered days between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., or between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., for a maximum of four hours, except during a total ban of water use.
  • Newly laid sod will be exempt for a period of two months after the sod is first laid.

Water for Tomorrow Ad: Are you Odd...or Even? [PDF]

Water for Tomorrow Ad: Over-Watering Your Lawn? [PDF]

Any person who contravenes the provisions of this By-law is guilty of an offence and upon conviction is liable to a maximum fine established pursuant to the Provincial Offences Act.

For more information, refer to the Town of Richmond Hill's Municipal Code and scroll down to the section entitled 'Property Maintenance', Chapter 1000. Alternatively, if you have any inquiries with respect to the Water Use Restrictions By-law, please contact the Water and Wastewater Section at (905) 884-8013 or the By-Law and Licensing Enforcement Section at (905)771-0198.


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