Level 1 Yellow: reduce use

Level 1 Yellow—Reduce use

A change to Level 1 Yellow can occur when one or more of the following low water response indicators are met: precipitation (less than 80 per cent of historical average over one and/or three months; two weeks without rain); Eramosa River flow (less than 70 per cent of minimum low flow); water storage level (less than 75 per cent of average). The difference between Level 1 Yellow and Level 0 Blue is the increased enforcement from bylaw officers for any non-compliance with the lawn watering restrictions. This could mean a fine or court summons if anon-compliance is observed. We will return to a Level 0 Blue if conditions normalize.

Enforcement: In Level 1 Yellow, bylaw officers will investigate non-compliance of water use restrictions and issue a $350 ticket or court summons per program non-compliance event observed.

To report a water use violation

Affected activities

  • Lawn watering  Alternate day and time restrictions (odd numbered address, odd numbered calendar day, even number address, even numbered calendar day, between 7-9 a.m. and 7-9 p.m.). Permits are required for watering new lawns and treated lawns outside alternate day/time restrictions. For permit information call the Outside Water Use line at 519-822-1260 extension 2153 or email owup@guelph.ca
  • Watering trees, decorative (e.g. flower) and food gardens – no restrictions
  • Recreational sprinklers for children, splash pads – no restrictions
  • Filling residential swimming and wading pools, hot tubs, garden ponds or fountains – no restrictions
  • Decorative fountains – must recirculate water
  • At–home vehicle washing – anytime; must have shut-off nozzle on your hose

Look for these illustrations on road signs
and informational items

Lawn watering illustration

Lawn watering is permitted with alternate day and time restrictions

Garden and tree watering illustration

Watering of trees, decorative (e.g. flowers) and food gardens is permitted

Vehicle washing illustration

At-home vehicle washing is permitted; must have shut-off nozzle on your hose