Lawn Watering By-law and Guide
To ensure we always have enough water to meet the needs of everyone in Bradford West Gwillimbury, we need to work together to manage our water use, especially in the summer when demand for water is at its peak.
A new Lawn Watering By-law was enacted in 2014 to help balance the use of our municipal water supply. This helps ensure that in addition to normal daily activities like drinking, cooking and bathing, we also have enough water for emergency uses like firefighting.
Residents of BWG who use Town water must use the following schedule for lawn watering from June 1 to September 30 of each year:
Watering of lawns, gardens and other landscaping is permitted only
between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., and only at:
EVEN numbered addresses on EVEN numbered days
ODD numbered addresses on
ODD numbered days
For example, a house with an odd-number address like 13, 1271 or 899 could water on any odd-number date like June 5th or August 17th - but not on an even date like July 6th or September 22nd.
Watering is permitted outside of the dates and times specified only in the following circumstances:
- You may water newly planted trees, shrubs and flowers, while they are being installed and again 24 hours after installation.
- You may water lawns immediately after fertilizer treatment and again 24 hours after treatment.
- You may water new sod as required for a period of 30 days after the sod has been laid.
Your lawn only needs about one inch of water per week including rainfall, and it is best to water in the very early morning.
Don’t over-water your lawn. Too much water or fertilizer can lead to shallow roots and a lawn unable to cope with droughts.
Rain barrels save you money by collecting rainwater that can be used for watering flower beds and vegetable gardens. They can be purchased at most hardware stores.
Remember to inspect your lawn sprinkler system on a regular basis for leaks and ensure it’s set up so that water isn’t wasted on streets and sidewalks.
Additional restrictions on activities like lawn watering and car washing will be imposed if drought causes reservoir levels to become low.
What will a leak cost you?
The majority of household leaks occur in faucets, showerheads and toilets. Washers and O-rings become worn, dried or cracked. Although this drip may seem harmless, it costs you money!
A continuous 1/16" leak for 30 days would waste 93 m³ of water or 422 bathtubs full for a total cost of $261!
A continuous 1/8" leak for 30 days would waste 372 m³ of water or 1,690 bathtubs full for a total cost of $1,089!
A continuous 1/4" leak for 30 days would waste 491 m³ of water or 6,777 bathtubs full for a total cost of $4,413!
FIX LEAKS, SAVE MONEY!