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Lawn and Garden Watering

Water sprinkler spraying water on grass

During hot weather, the demand for water increases. To ensure that there's always enough water from May to September each year, the four municipalities served by the Union Water Supply System, including Essex, have passed a uniform by-law to regulate lawn watering using municipal water.

Here's what you need to know:

  • 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 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and between 6:00 p.m. 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.
  • A total ban on outside water use may be declared by Council if the demands on water supply threaten the level of service.

To apply for an exemption or to obtain more information, visit the Union Water Supply System website or contact Town Hall.