Watering Bans, Restrictions & Flushing

Advisories & Outages

Water Restrictions 

Water restrictions are in effect all year.

Odd number houses may water on odd-numbered days and even-numbered houses may water on even-numbered days at the times listed below:

Outdoor water usage is permitted from 5 to 8 a.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. on odd- or even-numbered days.

If you are seeding or laying down sod, a permit is available to extend watering times. Under the permit, you may water from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. every day for 14 days. Permits are $25.00 each and are available at the Township of Tiny Municipal Office.

Flushing 

2022 Flushing Schedule 

Background

Flushing is an important part of water main maintenance.  Over time, minerals dissolved in water will settle in the water mains.  Flushing uses a high flow of water to clean out the mains and remove sediment.  It has the added benefit of introducing freshwater into all parts of the distribution system.

Water systems in the Township of Tiny are flushed annually. 

Effects of Flushing on Residents

During flushing operations, the water pressure may be reduced.  It will be restored to normal once the flushing is complete. 

Some users may experience discoloured water.  This is caused by the removal of sediment from inside the mains.  To clear this discolouration, residents should run a fully open tap until the water runs clear.  This may take 3 to 5 minutes.  This sediment is primarily made up of iron and manganese, two elements that occur naturally in our drinking water.

Unscheduled Flushing

Some flushing activities may occur without notice.  During a fire, water is removed very quickly from the hydrants to fill the tanker or pumper trucks.  This has the same effect as flushing and can cause the same effects.

The Water Department may need to flush mains following the repair of a leak or for other emergency maintenance purposes.  In these situations, the priority is to restore service as quickly as possible and it is not possible to provide prior notification.

Water Conservation

Water is a precious natural resource.  

We can all take steps to conserve and protect our drinking water. Here are some suggestions:

Be water-wise indoors
  • Keep a jug of cool water in the fridge, instead of running the tap 'till it cools
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or washing dishes
  • Shorten your showers by two minutes
  • Run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher
  • Install low-flow toilets as they account for a quarter of indoor water use
  • When replacing appliances, choose low-flow, high efficiency options.
Be water-wise outdoors
  • Avoid watering the lawn, and meet current restrictions
  • Put leaves and bark mulch around shrubs and trees to hold in moisture
  • Wash cars for safety only, (windscreens, windows and headlights) using a bucket
  • Sweep driveways or decks with a broom instead of the hose