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Complete watering ban imposed by Vaudreuil-Dorion


In light of record consumption and the expected heatwave the Town of Vaudreuil-Dorion has implemented a total watering ban.

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Vaudreuil-Dorion issued a communiqué the afternoon of June 17 to inform residents it is implementing a complete watering ban after the city set a new record for consumption on Monday, June 15, said Mayor Guy Pilon.

“We want to remind people to please not use water in excess,” the mayor told The Journal during a telephone interview June 16 before the ban was issued. “We recently set a new record and we beat it yesterday. This means people are using water when it isn’t a good time.”

The release stated, “The recent record consumption of drinking water, combined with the oppressive heat expected for the next few days, forces the municipal council to issue a ban on watering existing lawns, as of June 17. This prohibition does not apply to watering authorized by a permit issued on or before June 17, however, it will no longer be possible to obtain a watering permit for new vegetation.”

New consumption record

Pilon said the amount of water used during the first record was equivalent to a city with a population of about 125,000 residents. The population of Vaudreuil-Dorion is about 42,000.

“Some cities have already enacted a ban. We’ll see how it goes in the next few days but we’ll have to make a decision soon.” The decision was made as The Journal was going to press.

“Watering flowers, vegetable gardens and shrubs using a hand-held self-closing gun, exterior washing (cars, exterior walls, windows) and adjusting the water level of pools and spas remain permitted,” the communiqué indicated.

Residents who own swimming pools are required to use a chemical process to treat the standing water instead of completely draining pools and refilling them with clean, potable water.

The city also said this prohibition applies to all buildings served by the Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion's aqueduct network, including those located in the territories of the municipalities of Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac, L'Île-Cadieux and Saint -Lazare.

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 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.

“It wouldn’t be a good situation if we couldn’t provide our fire protection service because people are consuming too much water,” said Pilon.

Drive-in theatre

The show will go on as the temporary drive-in theatre that was proposed by Vaudreuil-Dorion council in May will proceed as planned, said Mayor Pilon. The drive-in movie park will be located at the Cité-des-Jeunes campus property, on Saint-Charles Avenue facing Vaudreuil Bay. Several screenings will take place from Wednesday to Saturday between July 8 and August 1.

On Wednesdays, in collaboration with Ciné-club La boîte lumineuse, the highlight will be on repertory cinema. On Thursdays, an English film will be presented, and on Saturdays, a French film. On Fridays, guests will be treated to a double feature in French.

About 100 vehicles will be permitted on the site every evening. Residents are asked to book their spots online ahead of time at a cost of $10 by accessing the registration section on the city's website, up to 72 hours before the performance.

More information at ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca

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