Maple Creek im­ple­ments out­door wa­ter­ing re­stric­tions

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - SUB­MIT­TED

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.

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