As reported in the Tuesday Record, the Village of Cumberland and those properties connected to the Royston water system will move to Stage 3 water restrictions starting on July 20 due to lower than usual water levels in the Cumberland Creek and Perseverence Creek watersheds resulting from the lack of significant rainfall over the last few months.
The Stage 3 restrictions, along with a reduction in hours at the Cumberland children’s water spray park, are necessary to maintain a sufficient supply of community water through the summer and fall. The Village is looking at other methods to reduce the amount of water being used at the spray park, but a reduction in hours will also be necessary as the park is using up to 120m3 of water a day. The water from the spray park drains into the Cumberland wetlands and into the Trent River.
Stage 3 requires all homeowners to limit outdoor water use and to water your garden and trees only in the early mornings and evenings to reduce the amount of evaporation from the sun.
The following activities are prohibited during Stage 3 restrictions: watering lawns and washing driveways; filling a swimming pool or hot tub; washing a vehicle or a boat except at a commercial car wash using less than 57 litres of water. These water restrictions apply to all Cumberland residents and to Royston properties connected to the Royston water system.