Water ban doesn’t deter tree enthusiasts
Crowds that were not put-off by a total ban on all outdoor watering lined up in Saint-Lazare last Saturday morning when the town gave away 1,000 free trees during its annual Arbour Day event.
And as residents picked up red ash, red oak, white spruce, black walnut or Manitoba maple trees, many learned restrictions are expected to soon ease since the town was granted approval last Friday from the environment minister to begin using a new well at its Sainte-Angelique pumping station.
All outdoor watering was restricted for about 70-percent of the population after a key pump went down at the pumping station.
Though approval to use the new pump was granted, it is not expected to be fully functional for another 10 to 14 days.
The town’s council is expected to ease outdoor watering restrictions this week to allow the use of watering cans. Use of hoses or sprinklers will still be banned.
Meanwhile, outdoor watering is also forbidden in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Vaudreuilsur-le-Lac, Pincourt, Notre-Dame-de-l’ÎlePerrot and Terrasse-Vaudreuil, where water levels are too low to allow unnecessary watering.
Saint-Lazare residents Chris Bowman and Karen Bergwinkl happily accepted some tree saplings fromGregory Rand during Saint-Lazare’s Arbour Day.