Watering in Vaudreuil-Dorion will be staggered over several intervals
By John Jantak
PHOTO BY JORDAN HOPKINS COURTESY UNSPLASH
Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon is again stressing the importance of residents following water usage regulations as the demand is already excessive and the summer season isn’t yet in full swing.
Watering of new sod and vegetation in Vaudreuil-Dorion will be done over staggered periods this spring in an effort to keep the amount of water consumption stable, said Mayor Guy Pilon as he announced the new measures the city is adopting at the Monday evening council meeting on May 3.
“All the regulations are the same as the year before. The only thing we’re adding is the fact that most of the people come in one shot to get their permits to water their new grass and trees. We know that by the number of permits we’ve given the in past two years, there’s a possibility there could be between 400 to 500 requests this year and it’s almost always in the same sector,” Pilon told The Journal.
150 permits at a time
The requests are mainly coming from homeowners who have laid down sod in newly developed residential areas. It was decided to stagger the watering process in order to ensure the city’s supply remains stable and isn’t adversely affected by everyone watering at the same time.
“What we’re going to do differently this year is we’re going to allow 150 permit holders to water at the same time. When these permits have expired, another 150 permits will be issued and when those permits have finished, we will issue more permits. And if we need to go further, we’ll go further,” said Pilon.
“We have numbers that show our regular consumption is around 13,000 cubic metres. There are times in the summer when water usage has reached 30,000, 40,000 and sometimes 50,000 cubic meters which is impossible to provide. It’s not because the filtration plant isn’t big enough – our reserve tanks aren’t big enough,” Pilon added.
New housing permits not an issue
The mayor noted that when water usage reaches those extreme high levels, the city’s consumption rate is equivalent to a city with a population of 150,000 residents, almost four times the size of Vaudreuil-Dorion which currently has just over 40,000 residents.
Pilon noted not everyone agrees with the city’s stance regarding the importance of water conservation. One recent comment on a Facebook local group page suggested the reason the city has a water shortfall was because it has issued too many housing permits, he said.
“We have water,” the mayor retorted. “Last year the population of the city increased by 2.5 per cent. The increase in water usage was 25 per cent. It’s not because we don’t have water. It’s because people are not respecting the by-laws.”
The announcement regarding the staggered watering process of new vegetation comes on the heels of a request the mayor made last week in which he also stressed the importance for the city’s residents to become more conscientious about their water usage. Pilon is also concerned about levels in the region’s lakes and other waterways that are lower now than they usually are this time of the year.
More information about the city’s regulations are available on their website at