With high temperatures and a lack of rain, the Town of Saugeen Shores is implementing a temporary watering ban for lawn or garden watering, pool filling, and other water usage outside the home.
The restriction, enforced by By-Law 89-2001, enables the Town to impose a temporary total ban, where deemed absolutely necessary.
Officials say water usage for the Town is approaching higher levels that are usually not seen until at least August.
Town and OCWA staff say a large portion (over 40%) is being used for lawn watering or other outdoor uses.
Director of Infrastructure and Development Services, Amanda Froese says on Monday, residents were using over 10,000 cubic metres of water for that day, which means the town was running the water plant 24 hours a day.
She says it is costly and wears out the equipment, but more importantly it really reduces the amount of treated drinking water available.
Pool filling will be allowed when a permit is issued by the Town.
The permit costs $106.12 plus the cost of the water.
Residents connected to private watering systems such as sand-points or private wells, are not affected by the watering restrictions.