The City of Dorval adopted a new by-law on potable water use on February 17. It replaces by-law RCM-33-2010 on watering restrictions and is now in effect.

Here are the main points of this new by-law:

Watering between June 1 and September 1

BY SPRINKLERS OR SOAKER HOSES:

  • Watering is permitted from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (if it does not rain), as follows:
    • Even-numbered civic address: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
    • Odd-numbered civic address: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

 

BY AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS:

  • Must be equipped, among others, with an automatic humidity sensor
  • Must be programmed between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., as follows:
    • Even-numbered civic address: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
    • Odd-numbered civic address: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

EXCEPTIONS AND RESTRICTIONS:

  • Manuel watering of gardens, flowers, trees, and shrubs, using a hose fitted with a self-closing nozzle, is permitted at all times.
  • The watering of a newly installed lawn, of a new tree, or of new landscaping is permitted daily during the 15 days following installation, planting, or landscaping, after obtaining a permit, free of charge, from the Urban Planning Department.

Potable water throughout the year

  • The filling of a pool is prohibited between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., except from April 1 to May 15, when it is permitted at all times.
  • The washing of paved surfaces (e.g. asphalt), patios, or exterior walls is permitted only once a year, between April 1 and May 15.
  • Additionally, it is permitted at any time during construction work, landscaping, or for hygiene reasons.
  • It is prohibited to melt snow or ice by using drinking water supplied by the municipal distribution network.
  • Any private water feature or pond must be equipped with a functioning system to recirculate the water.
  • Car washing is allowed at all times provided you use a bucket or a garden hose equipped with a self-closing nozzle.
  • Air-conditioning/refrigeration devices using water without a recirculation system are prohibited. The existing devices must be removed by 2025.

For complete details regarding this new by-law, visit the municipal by-laws page at www.city.dorval.qc.ca.

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