Maple Creek implements outdoor watering restrictions
Due to extreme heat, a low water table and extreme fire hazard the Town of Maple Creek has imposed a ban on all outdoor watering.
Until further notice residents may not water lawns, gardens, trees, shrubs, flower beds or plant pots unless water is sourced from rain barrels or another non-municipal water source.
Also, the filling of decorative fountains, ponds, swimming pools, wading pools and hot tubs is prohibited.
Residents may not wash outdoor surfaces like building exteriors, sidewalks, driveways, and vehicles. The use of pressure washers is prohibited.
Although indoor water usage for regular domestic purposes (laundry, cooking, dishes, bathing, etc.) remains unaffected by the water restrictions, residents are encouraged to do their best to conserve water.
The use of water for commercial purposes is also not affected (i.e.: Restaurants, hotels / motels, commercial car washes, and/or the washing of commercial equipment).
The Town of Maple Creek is closing the spray park and has discontinued all watering of municipal parks, flower planters and hanging baskets.
The “Adopt a Barrel” whiskey barrel planter program in the downtown core has been suspended and barrels will be removed once plants start to wither.
The Town of Maple Creek’s water supply comes from six wells and one spring. There are also two emergency back-up wells that are currently out of commission.
As the water table is low, and is still suffering from the extreme drought of 2017, the water quality is diminished and is requiring additional filtering and treatment to bring it up to the required quality standards set by the Province of Saskatchewan.
Currently, the town is consuming 350,000 gallons of water each day, which is in excess of 100,000 gallons per day more than usual. As a result, the water treatment plant and the reservoirs are unable to keep up with the demand.
For fire preparedness the community needs to ensure that the west reservoir is full and that the water tower is at least 75 per cent full. Currently the water tower is at just over 50 per cent, and keeping the west reservoir full has been a challenge.
The Town of Maple Creek thanks residents for their efforts to conserve water during this period. Please watch the Town of Maple Creek website and Facebook page for updates as the situation unfolds.