Water Operations Branch
20 Royal Parkside Drive, Barrie
Ensuring adequate quantities of potable water for consumer demand and fire fighting purposes.
The City's Outdoor Water Use Strategy allows for the implementation of outdoor water use restrictions in times of peak water demand to avoid water delivery challenges for essential purposes. At times when production cannot meet high consumer demands the Water Operations Branch / Operating Authority will initiate an outdoor water use restriction.
Historically, the City has controlled supply/demand shortfalls through the use of lawn watering restrictions by limiting both the particular day and time when consumers water their lawns, this limitation is ALWAYS in effect.. Additional measures beyond the lawn watering restrictions have been established in Regulatory Matters By-law. These measures will assist in ensuring sufficient water system reserve availability during peak use periods for fire protection and other emergency events.
Regulatory Matters By-Law (2010-036)
The Regulatory Matters By-law is the mechanism that gives authority to restrict discretionary water usage; it establishes the types of restrictions that can be enforced during times of high consumer demand. It also authorizes the City's Operating Authority to issue these restrictions to address supply/demand shortfalls and in situations where the distribution and operational issues limit the ability to distribute water to consumers (i.e. water main breaks and equipment failure).
The below chart identifies all activities permitted for each level of the Outdoor Water Use Strategy. Currently, lawn watering restrictions are in effect as per the "Careful Use" (Level 0) guidelines. From time to time it may be necessary for the City to restrict water usage. Temporary Watering Ban notices would be posted on this page, This Week in Barrie, Facebook and Twitter.
In the event that a Level Zero and Level One restriction does not resolve a supply/demand shortfall, this Temporary Outdoor Water Use restriction is issued to eliminate all unnecessary outdoor water use. No consumer, within the City of Barrie, shall use municipal water outdoors for:
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