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Summer Watering Restrictions


Each year we must ask you to observe lawn watering restrictions in order to ensure there is enough water for everyone. We are authorized to add a $50 surcharge to the water bill of residents who choose not to comply.

Watering Restrictions By-law 2010-045 for the Village of Lakefield & Woodland Acres

Note: ORCA Level 1 Low Water Condition Remains in Effect

Due to persistent high temperatures, precipitation deficits and poor streamflow, the Otonabee Region Water Response Team is calling on members of the community to continue their water conservation efforts by reducing their water use by 10 per cent.

“Under the Ontario Low Water Response Program, the Team is continuing the Level 1 low water status for the Otonabee Region watershed based on several factors,” explains Dan Marinigh, Chief Administrative Officer for Otonabee Conservation.

Marinigh cites the following watershed conditions:

  • In May, June and July, the flow rate of Jackson Creek (urban Peterborough) was 86%, 46% and 33% respectively of normal
  • Rural watersheds, owing to their greater vegetative and wetland cover, are typically more resilient to prolonged hot and dry conditions; nonetheless, they too are now flowing at below normal rates as evidenced by the Ouse River (rural Asphodel-Norwood) which in July was 56% of the historical average
  • Precipitation receipts in May, June and July were persistently below normal
  • Above-normal air temperatures have been experienced in May, June and July; 12 days have experienced day time temperatures of 30oC or greater

Marinigh stresses that “water is a shared resource and we all have a part to play in water conservation.” Otonabee Conservation suggests that water conservation become part of a person’s daily routine and offers the following water conservation tips:

  • Reduce by watering wisely and adhere to municipal watering restrictions that may apply
  • Repair leaks in the bathroom or kitchen promptly
  • Retrofit fixtures to more water-efficient standards

Marinigh says that the Otonabee Region Water Response Team is scheduled to meet early September and will review the current situation. The Level 1 Low Water Condition, urging water conservation of 10%, will remain in effect until further notice.

The Otonabee Region Water Response Team is made up of representatives from local municipalities, water management agencies, tourism and agriculture, provincial and federal agencies, First Nations and Otonabee Conservation. Watershed conditions are analyzed on a monthly basis and a determination is made based on the available data over the preceding 3-month period.

Peterborough and Woodland Acres

From June 1 to August 31

    • Even-numbered addresses may water only on even-numbered days between 7 am and 10 pm.
    • Odd-numbered addresses may water only on odd-numbered days between 7 am and 10 pm.


From May 15 to September 15

  • Even-numbered addresses may water only on even-numbered days from 7-9 am and 6-10 pm.
  • Odd-numbered addressess may water only on odd-numbered days from 7-9 am and 6-10 pm.

For more information, call the Peterborough Utilities Customer Service Department at 705-748-6900