• John Jantak

Water overconsumption causes low pressure in some Vaudreuil-Dorion districts


PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK

Water overconsumption offenders in Vaudreuil-Dorion could face fines ranging from $150 to $2,000 for an individual and from $300 to $4,000 for a business, excluding court fees.

Vaudreuil-Dorion is advising residents to be mindful of their water consumption and usage especially with the recent arrival warmer of weather. Mayor Guy Pilon said the situation isn’t serious in the urban areas for now but is more of an issue in the outlying regions of Hudson Acres, Tree Farms and Ritchie.

“It’s very bad there,” Pilon told The Journal during a telephone interview on May 26. “Since last year they have been connected to city’s water system. We want to sensitize people about water overconsumption, especially in these areas, because they have large areas of land.”

Could hamper firefighting ability

“They have land ranging in size from 15,000 to 30,000 square feet and they’re using three to four times more water than they’re supposed to use. It’s obvious they’re watering their lawns even during the day. At first we thought there was a leak in the system. It’s amazing,” said Pilon.

Water overconsumption has caused up to a 20 per cent reduction in water pressure in these areas which could result in boil-water advisories having to be issued. It could also hamper firefighters’ efforts to effectively deal with an emergency fire situation because of low pressure, said Pilon.

Lawn watering timetable

All residents are reminded they must comply with the city’s lawn-watering timetable. Residences with an even-numbered address are allowed to water their lawns on Monday and Thursday evenings between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Residences with an odd-numbered address are allowed to water their lawns on Tuesday and Friday evenings between 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The issue of wastage also applies to homeowners with swimming pools, said Pilon. Residents are required to use a chemical process to treat the standing water instead of completely draining pools and refilling them with clean water.

Violation fines

The city’s municipal patrol and inspectors from the planning department will increase their surveillance throughout the city to make sure residents are complying with the lawn watering regulations. Failure to comply will result in a fine ranging from $150 to $2,000 for an individual and from $300 to $4,000 for a business, excluding court fees.

“We just want people to respect the rules,” said Pilon. “It’s for their own good. It wouldn’t be a good situation if we couldn’t provide our fire protection service in a certain district because people are consuming too much water.”

Overconsumption implications

The city’s water overconsumption issue also has implications for all residents, especially with COVID-19 situation in the province, according to Pilon.

“Can you imagine what it would be like if we told people they couldn’t use the water straight from their faucet; that it has to be boiled for one to two minutes? Everyone will have to pay become some people don’t respect the rules” said Pilon.

“What’s amazing is that in North America, Canada uses the most water,” Pilon added. “And in Canada, Quebec uses the most water.”

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