ESSEX, ONT. — Authorities in a city in southwestern Ontario have temporarily banned the use of outdoor water for residents in certain areas due to low water levels.
In a statement on Wednesday, the City of Essex says the ban is effective immediately, and until further notice, for residents who are customers of the Harrow and Colchester South Water Treatment Plant.
The city says those residents are prohibited from using outdoor water at any time, including to water lawns and gardens, and must limit non-essential water use as much as possible.
Paddling pools in the Harrow and Colchester areas will also be closed until further notice to help conserve water.
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He says the move is in response to extreme weather events on the shores of Lake Erie, which reduced water levels at the plant, as well as pressure from increased water usage. during warmer temperatures.
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The city says the current water supply remains safe to drink and poses no health risk.
“It is essential that the residents of Harrow and Colchester South suspend the use of outdoor water as a precaution to ensure that we do not experience a serious shortage. Essex Mayor Richard Meloche said in a statement.
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