Water By-law And Watering Restrictions

Each year, the warmer weather is associated with a higher demand on water systems - leading to decreased potable water reserves, low water pressure and, in extreme cases, putting the water system at risk and making it difficult to fight a fire. In June 2006, Council passed an updated water bylaw to regulate water supplied by Utilities Kingston.

According to provisions of the bylaw, the following water restrictions will apply annually from June 15 to September 15:

  • Residents with odd numbered civic addresses may use outdoor water on odd numbered calendar days
  • Residents with even numbered civic addresses may use outdoor water on even numbered calendar days
  • On your scheduled day, outdoor watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose, can or bucket for activities such as watering lawns and gardens, washing cars and recreation
  • Sprinkling devices, such as lawn sprinklers, can only be used in the mornings between 5 and 10 a.m. on your scheduled day.

Early morning is considered the best time to water your lawn to avoid evaporation and grass diseases. Lawns only need about three cm (one inch) of water weekly. A typical lawn sprinkler will deliver that amount in about one hour. From our website, you can learn more about water-smart gardening and landscaping or visit Utilities Kingston’s Water Conservation Garden at 1211 John Counter Boulevard.


Download the form Exemption Permit – External Use of Water 

If you have a new yard (sod or seeded new lawn) you can apply for an exemption permit. The permit will allow you to water your new lawn for seven consecutive days with a sprinkling device, between the usual morning hours of 5 and 10 a.m. 

If you have new trees or shrubs, you can apply for an exemption permit, which will allow you to water your new trees and shrubs for seven consecutive days with a hand-held hose or watering can. 

An exemption permit is $55 plus applicable taxes and issued by a Utilities Kingston Services Advisor at 1211 John Counter Boulevard. The permit is only valid for the seven day period listed on the permit. Only one exemption permit will be granted per property, per year. 

Exemption permits will not be issued for existing yards, trees and shrubs. However, if a circumstance of irreparable damage or undue hardship on a property owner is anticipated, up to two additional seven day exemption permits may be considered. 

For more information, please call the Customer Service Centre at 613-546-0000. 

Note: Dry conditions during the summer may force a total ban on outdoor water use.