#Guelph Outside Water Use Moves to Level 1 Yellow!


November 2, 2016, Guelph, Ont.—The City is reducing outside water use restrictions to Level 1 Yellow as the season ends. That means time and date lawn watering restrictions remain in effect until the situation is reassessed next spring.

“With recent rainfalls we’re seeing water levels rebound,” said Heather Yates, supervisor of water efficiency for the City. “We saw less than half the normal amount of precipitation we would expect between May and October this year, which made for a very dry summer.”

Guelph moved quickly into Level 1 Yellow of the Outside Water Use Program in June, and then into Level 2 Red in July.

“We sincerely want to thank our community for their cooperation with the water restrictions this summer,” noted Yates. “This is the first time since 2012 that the Level 2 Red outside water use restrictions were in effect and we hope it’ll be several years before we see this kind of summer again.”

About the Outside Water Use Program

The Outside Water Use Program is designed to curb high water use demand days. When there is low precipitation and high summer temperatures, water use increases. These days are a strain on Guelph’s water system. To lower water use in drought conditions the City asks residents to reduce their outside water use and use all water wisely.

The program is actively enforced during levels 1 and 2 by the City’s By-law Enforcement Officers. By-law officers can issue a $130 ticket or court summons for each program violation.

Visit guelph.ca/water or call 519-822-1260 extension 2153 for more information about the Outside Water Use Program and for more tips on using water wisely outside and inside.

4 Comments on “#Guelph Outside Water Use Moves to Level 1 Yellow!

  1. Really and yet the Grand River Conservation Authority remains at a Level 2 for the entire watershed. Where in heavens name does one see that water levels are rebounding? Look at the Guelph Lake/Reservoir and I don’t see evidence of a rebound plus flows in the upper Speed and Eramosa have not rebounded. One would think we should conserve over the winter in case we do not get an adequate snowfall/runoff to recharge our streams and the reservoir in the Spring. A bad decision and advice on this situation we are still facing in my opinion.

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  2. I rechecked with the GRCA and they are still in Level 2 for the entire Grand River watershed which Guelph is part of so how can our City return to a level yellow. I didn’t know we could avoid a directive from the GRCA on our two rivers flowing though this City!!

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  3. Duno for Nestle water company .R they comply with water restriction as well.? I don’t think so.
    How about this. Canadian oil company to move to Saudi Arabia and to start pumping oil from their wells.Just buy well and oil it’s ours. Sound simple.? Right.

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  4. Oct 26, 2016 11:49 AM by: GuelphToday Staff

    OWUP_level-red-header_web

    A change to Level 2 Red can occur when one or more of the following low water response indicators are met: precipitation (less than 60 per cent of historical average over one and/or three months; three weeks without rain); Eramosa River flow (less than 50 per cent of minimum low flow); water storage level (less than 65 per cent of average).

    So how can the City go to Yellow in one week? Conditions haven’t changed to eliminate Red in my 35 year Professional opinion in Hydrology.

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