Water usage restricted in Charlottetown

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Beginning June 1 until Sept. 30, outdoor watering is only allowed in Charlottetown in the early morning and evening hours.

Residents may not hose off driveways and must refrain from watering gardens except in early morning and evening

Seasonal water restrictions are now in place in Charlottetown.

The restrictions are mandatory and allow for outdoor watering only in the early morning and evening hours from Sunday, June 1, to Sept. 30.

The hosing off of driveways and other hard surfaces is prohibited under the seasonal restrictions.


The city's water and sewer department says the Winter River watershed is most vulnerable to water extraction during the summer and it is important for all residents to follow the mandatory water restrictions to ease the strain on the watershed during the drier months.

The city asks that customers use water carefully, both indoors and outdoors, in order to preserve and protect water supplies.

If conditions are dry and the water extraction rates are high, the utility will implement water shortage restrictions that prohibit all lawn watering and limit car washing to once a week.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Bottom line
    June 02, 2014 - 15:26

    What is going to happen is a group of people are going to ignore this, for whatever reason, and the problem will be exacerbated and the same people will blame everyone but themselves. That is the current thinking. Restrictions apply to everyone but me, Cruz I'm special.

  • Observer from the East
    June 02, 2014 - 12:41

    I understand some of the points shared here, but I don't think it would be wise to tell cruise ships no, we're not selling you water. They just won't come back, and the same people will be complaining about no cruise ships and the effect on the economy. Next point, why does somebody need to water their lawn (when it will rain), and really, why would anybody ever need to water or hose down their driveway?

  • herman
    June 02, 2014 - 12:13

    Increasing the number of cruise ships every year will mean less and less water for we, the people, who pay to maintain the water system and expect to be able to have enough water for our needs. I agree, it is time we get new thinking into City Hall, Clifford has been there way too long, as has most of the rest of them. The water chair is recycled and of questionable material to begin with , and should be retired . - People put your money where you mouth is --- go and vote them out.

  • walter
    June 02, 2014 - 12:04

    This is absolutely disgusting, --- we pay for the water and cannot have it, ---- what do the cruise ships pay for the water they take??? It is high time we get a new mayor and council, they have no respect for the people , first and foremost on their mind are the comfort and profit for the business community, to hell with the rest of us, --- so to hell with them, - let's vote them out, - they have been there too long anyway, - too many favours owed ---. Let's ignore the big business funded campaigns and vote for our own interest, - somebody else is bgtter than this

  • don
    June 02, 2014 - 09:14

    mr mayor tell the tax payers of your city how many gallons of water you sell to the ships and what you charge them. and this line of secret is bull they have a right to know remember they are paying your wages not the cruise ships.

  • Dave
    June 02, 2014 - 08:27

    Perhaps we shouldn't fill the cruise ships with our water?

    • don
      June 02, 2014 - 10:49

      if u stop they will not come. but this city hall last year would NOT tell how much water they sold. as a tax payer you have the right to know how much water is sold and what is charged.

    • Dave
      June 02, 2014 - 18:43

      I think what cruise ships bring to the local economy is overrated and exaggerated. This is a 'pee and Pepsi' stop for most cruise ship passengers, meaning they might buy a beverage and use a washroom before returning to their ship. And do you believe we're actually selling the water? Or just giving it away?

    • Pete
      June 03, 2014 - 09:45

      @Dave, I'm wondering what qualifies you to " think what cruise ships bring to the local economy is overrated and exaggerated"? Are you in the tourism business? A downtown merchant? Do you have access to data on the economic impact of cruise ships that people in authority don't have? Is the inconvenience of having to sweep your driveway rather than water it down that much of a hardship? Do you really need to water your lawn for more than two hours a day? Just wondering what the basis is for your statement so that I can give it some credence (if warranted). Thanks.

  • don
    June 02, 2014 - 08:26

    preserve and protect water supplies. that is a joke they want the tax payers to save water. now are they going to say the same thing when the ships come in and needs thousands of gallons of water and how much they get paid for it?

  • Isn't It Obvious
    June 02, 2014 - 07:48

    Every year now there are water restrictions. There never used to be any water restrictions. That means that we're headed in a direction of water shortages. If we don't change direction, guess what? And this province is blind to it. They want to give the water to the farmers and the cruise ships. This is not rocket science. If we run out of water it's because we let the politicians give it away to big industry. The big guy wins again.

    • don
      June 02, 2014 - 10:55

      force the governments to say NO. you have the power it is called voting. make this a election vote on water. and have the governments sign a paper to that affect they give the water away they resign from the job. or they pay for all our drinking water . as the word from any member both city and provincial there word means CRAP. remember ghiz gave his word that he would have a doctor for every islander. more bull.

    • logical thinker
      June 03, 2014 - 13:33

      New wells haven't been drilled in decades. But look at all those new buildings in the city. New apartment buildings sprouting up on North River Rd, up by the chemical plant, in Sherwood, West Royalty, Winsloe by the Petro Can, etc. Then all the houses in West Royalty and East Royalty and Winsloe. And then the big office buildings in the downtown. Every single one of those new buildings drives water use. It isn't cruise ships. It's us.