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Watering Ban: a preventive and necessary measure

Tuesday, 28 August, 2012

 

The City of Châteauguay has provided an update today on the watering ban in force since July 12 on its territory and that the municipalities served by its water system.

The exceptionally hot and dry climatic conditions accompanied by a significant lack of precipitations last winter, spring and summer, have resulted in very low levels in Lake St. Louis and the water table, making the water procurement more difficult. This drought coupled with the overconsumption of drinking water has led municipal authorities to prohibit continuous watering with a hose or mechanically to secure the network and protect municipal facilities from major breakdowns.

This summer, the daily consumption has repeatedly brushed the critical threshold of 50,000 m3, even exceeding that number a few times. "Fortunately, in general citizens' efforts, combined with those of the municipal staff, have reduced consumption to acceptable levels in times of crisis. There is still much to be done to raise awareness among the general population so that we better manage this vital shared resource," said Mayor Nathalie Simon, who took the opportunity to thank the citizens for their cooperation.

Ms. Simon said she is aware of the upheaval in lifestyle that may have resulted from a long ban. She nevertheless insisted that the decision was necessary to avoid the worst. "Overconsumption of water causes premature wear of our equipment and the water drawn from the conditions encountered in recent weeks is of lower quality and must undergo further processing before being sent on the network, increasing the risk of contamination and can lead to having to boil water, a situation far more serious for citizens than a watering ban. 

The City of Châteauguay can now rely on the expertise of the new Director of Public Works and Engineering, Sébastien Bondu, and an engineer specializing in treatment of drinking water and wastewater, Pascal Rochette, chief of the Environmental Health Division. Their expertise combined with that of the team in place is a major asset for the residents of Châteauguay. Messrs. Bondu and Rochette are currently examining different solutions to improve the situation.

An awareness campaign will be developed in the coming months and will be implemented next spring. If all goes well, the ban could be lifted soon.

 

Last update: 2012-08-28 12:47

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