City makes water restrictions mandatory

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Charlottetown residents could be penalized for wasting water after the city passed a resolution to make restrictions mandatory.

Mayor Clifford Lee said the city made amendments to water and sewer utility rules and regulations because protecting the water supply was a high priority for council.

“These restriction will help ease the strain on our water supply by increasing public awareness and encouraging conservation,” he said.

Coun. Eddie Rice, chair of the city’s water and sewer utility, said the changes give the utility the tools it needs to ensure compliance with those who waste water.

“Even with the rain we’ve had lately, we all have a responsibility to work together and be mindful of our water usage,” he said.

 

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Just Wondering
    September 11, 2012 - 20:36

    I am all for conserving water, but I would hope the city would practice what it preaches. I could not believe my eyes on a very warm summer morning (about 11:00 a.m.) that the city was wasting water by pouring it on the grassed area along Brackley Pt. Road - the area between the highway edge and the edge of the new walking/biking trail. Bad enough to do it late in the day, but at 11:00 a.m. it is a total waste of water.

  • Clayton
    September 10, 2012 - 21:20

    We are being asked to conserve water, Ok. I can handle doing that. Now, I also think the city should refrain from watering city parks, soccer fields. Cemeteries can hold off on watering grass, Put a stop to charity sanctioned car washes until our reserves are up. City police stop when you see water wasted washing a car in a driveway or when one officer looked at a house on Laurie Drive with hose proped up to the evetrough with water flowing steady ( I was behind the patrol car at the time)I could see the officer look as he drove by. Flushing evetrough when under conserve order or even a request shoud warrant a fine. ( maybe stupidity would clue in then).

  • Jacinta
    September 10, 2012 - 20:33

    My question to the city is how can you possibly with a clear conscience people to conserve water when soccer fields were watered all summer. What a miserable joke. Do not get me wrong I am not for wasting our water but, I can't believe we are the ones to be penalized.

  • vick
    September 10, 2012 - 17:12

    Good luck you grandstanders.......for god sakes theres more water under ground then we could ever use....if we dont use it it all goes to the salt waterways so why not use it.....educate yourselves before jumping on ban wagons...once again the real poison of the world gets their way!

    • intobed
      September 10, 2012 - 18:15

      Vick, the water underground is being destroyed by nitrate pollution from decades of chemical fertilizers being put on farmers' fields. It has gradually seeped down, and now many wells are unusable do to nitrate contamination. The next thing that will destroy our underground water supply will be fracking, a method of natural gas removal that pumps toxic chemicals and other bad things deep into the ground. The oil industry insists this will not harm water supplies, just like the tobacco industry used to insist smoking did no harm.

  • johnthames
    September 10, 2012 - 16:51

    Rice and Lee, Tweedle-Dum an Tweedle-Dee Did these turnips just fall off the wagon or what? This problem has been brewing for years and yet they let a dry summer get us to using 98% of the City's entire water capacity. They should resign in disgrace but instead they'll now tell us all we will be penalized if we use too much water. How much is too much? What is the correct amount? Will those with swimming pools pay more? They don't know, and neither do you. Next election folks remember Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee, it's time these nitwits were taken off the City payroll and some adults were put in charge!