Deer Lake asking residents to conserve water

Diane Crocker
Published on July 15, 2014
Residents of Deer Lake are being asked to do their part to help conserve water, including limiting the times they water their lawns.
Geraldine Brophy

 With the hot temperatures of late, many residents of Deer Lake have been using a bit of extra water to keep their lawns nice and green and their vehicles all shiny and clean.

But all that extra water usage is causing a bit of concern and has resulted in the town issuing a public notice asking residents to conserve water.

“We’re not going to run out of water,” said Mayor Dean Ball on Monday. “We just want to make people aware that every bit of water they’re using, we’re treating. Every bit of water that’s going through our town is being pumped and being chlorinated,” he said.

“We can’t separate the two. If we could separate the two that the water you turn on in your garden hose is different from what you’re drinking, if we could separate that we wouldn’t have an issue.”

But when usage is up, Ball said, some areas of the town can see a difference in water pressure.

“We don’t have a water quality or volume (issue), we just have water pressure as the issue,” he said.

The change in pressure has impacted residents in their everyday life including showering and cooking and also restricts the town’s ability to fight fires.

“When you have everybody with their sprinklers going the water pressure does affect some areas in Goose Arm Road area and we have some areas across the track,” Ball said.

The water conservation notice has been posted on the town’s website,, and its Facebook page,

Ball said the notice is just a standard procedure that the town and most municipalities do every year

“We’ve had some good hot weather recently,” the mayor said. “Weather is great, but with that comes people wanting to make sure their lawns are nice and green.”

So, he said the town is just asking people to conserve where they can.

Conservation measures:

1. Please restrict watering lawns and gardens to the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., two days per week, in accordance with the following schedule:

    (a) even street numbers on Wednesday and Saturday

    (b) odd street numbers on Thursday and Sunday

2. New lawns and landscaping may be watered on any day, however, watering should be limited to the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

3. Please use a watering can or hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle when watering trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens.

4. Please use a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle when washing vehicles.

5. Car washes for fundraising, as well as siding and window washing is permitted with the use of an automatic shutoff nozzle. Free flowing car washes, even for the purposes of fundraising, are not permitted.

Source: Town of Deer Lake