Water Use and Restrictions

Water Use Restrictions

The City of Charlottetown Council has passed a resolution to amend the Water and Sewer Utility rules and regulations from voluntary compliance with water use guidelines to mandatory restrictions with a penalty, if needed, for those who don't comply. The amendments were made because sustaining and protecting the City's water is a high priority for Council.

The rules and regulations have been amended to read:

3.11 Improper Use or Waste of Water

No customer shall permit the improper use or waste of water, which includes but is not limited to water use that conflicts with the "Seasonal Water Conservation Restrictions" attached to these Rules and Regulations. No customer shall sell or give water to any person except upon such conditions and for such purposes as may be approved in writing by the Utility.

3.11.1 Water Shortage Measures

No customer shall permit the use of water that conflicts with the Water Shortage Restrictions attached to these Rules and Regulations, and which will be implemented at the discretion of the Water and Sewer Utility Corporation.

Seasonal Water Use Restrictions

Watering instructions for new sod
  • On the day the sod is laid, water it thoroughly in the evening between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. Stop watering once the water begins to run off. New sod needs frequent, light watering to help establish the root system.
  • On Day 2, water again in the morning (during watering hours only).
  • On the morning of Day 3, lift a corner of the sod to see if it is still moist underneath. If moist, wait until the evening water hours to water again. If dry, water during morning watering hours.
  • For the next few days, water only once a day in the morning during watering hours to encourage deep root growth.
  • For the next two weeks, water only as needed in the morning depending on the weather and watering restrictions.
  • After three weeks, the sod should be established. Deep water once a week during watering hours only. Comply with the restrictions listed above.
For more information on conserving water visit Be Water Friendly
Water Efficiency Policy

Rain BarrelThe City of Charlottetown follows an internal Water Efficiency Policy that was approved by City Council in October of 2012.

The policy was created in an effort to raise awareness, promote water-efficiency and reduce overall water consumption in City operations.

The policy applies to all City staff and departments, City facilities, and any residents using City facilities.

Guidelines for indoor and outdoor water usage are included as well as specifications for future renovations and construction of any new City facilities.

 

Departmental Water Usage

Parks and Recreation

  • Sports fields that have irrigation are all using on-site wells with the exception of the Victoria Park Memorial baseball field infield. Parks and Recreation is in the process of investigating the opportunity to drill a well in Victoria Park to meet irrigation needs.
  • For several years they have been transitioning from annuals to perennials that require less or no watering
  • Parks & Recreation garden
  • 6 large planters were built to delineate the cycling lane at Victoria Park. These planters are planted with sedums that require little to no watering
  • They have developed an alternative fill-up site in East Royalty that uses local well water (non-municipal water) to fill watering trucks during periods of Water Shortage Restrictions
  • They have changed working hours to get as much of the watering done as possible before 10 am
  • They have installed a 1250 gallon water collection tank at the City Works Building to collect rain water for plant watering. A small rain barrel is also installed by the Victoria Park tennis courts
  • Overall, they've reduced plant watering by 50% since 2011

Public Works & Urban Beautification:

City staff watering from a truck

  • Replaced older model toilets at City Hall with high-efficiency toilets in 2012. This has contributed to a decrease in water use of 70% at City Hall
  • Two rain barrels have been installed at City Hall to collect rain water to use for plant watering
  • Street sweeping water comes mostly from non-municipal water source
  • New street-sweeping machine has the ability to drain water from debris collected, filter, and recycle it to be used as the dust control water spray
  • They wash their vehicles only once a week if needed rather than an on a regular schedule that was followed in previous years
  • Urban Beautification uses non-municipal water for plant watering
  • They have changed their working hours to have horticultural staff start earlier and get necessary watering done by 10 am
  • All plant watering is on an as-needed basis rather than a regular schedule that doesn't factor in weather conditions
  • They changed the plant material in the hanging baskets to flowers that require less water and use coconut fiber to help retain water in the soil
  • The "Adopt-A-Corner" program now provides information to participants on drought-tolerant plants and the Communities in Bloom contest includes a category for Environmentally Friendly Gardens
  • They have planted a Perennial/Xeriscape bed at City Hall that uses plants that are much more drought tolerant than annuals
  • Overall, they've reduced plant watering by 50% since 2011