With the recent rain and excellent compliance from residents in Saugeen Shores in the past several days, the Town the temporary watering ban that was issued Thursday, July 10 has been lifted effective July 14, 2020, meaning residents are allowed to water in accordance with the year round by-law.

In a Town media release, properties with odd number addresses can water their lawns with municipal water on odd numbered days, and even numbered properties can water lawns on even days. Residents should only water their lawns between 7am to 9am or 7pm to 9pm on their designated days.

Watering by sandpoint or well requires a permit and a sign must be displayed that is clearly visible from the street.

“This weekend, Saugeen Shores saw a drastic reduction in water demand. With cooler temperatures and rain in the forecast, we feel it appropriate to remove the watering ban,” said Director of Infrastructure and Development Amanda Froese, P. Eng. “However, if high water usage and dry conditions return, we may need to impose another ban.”

Residents are urged to continue conserving water wherever possible and the Town requests that inividuals refrain from unnecessarily watering lawns, filling pools, or washing cars.

"When everyone does their part, the burden on the water treatment system is considerably reduced," read the release.

Some tips to reduce water usage:

• Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation
• Aerate grass to allow water into the root zone
• Use a higher cutting height as longer grass helps reduce evaporation and helps to prevent weeds
• Water in the morning to reduce evaporation
• Most lawns only need about 2.5 to 4 cm (1 to 1-1/2") of water per week to stay lush and green