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Reducing water usage in Charlottetown, PEI

Staff writers
July 20, 2012 — Parts of Prince Edward Island finally received a good downpour on Thursday, but an extremely dry summer has officials urging residents to conserve water.

Some rivers and streams across PEI are running low
Some rivers and streams across PEI are running low

With not much rain in Charlottetown's long range forecast. city officials announced some water use guidelines on Thursday.

Residents are encouraged to follow the "In Case of Water Shortages" measures in response to the hot, dry weather this summer and its affects on the Winter River Watershed.

Charlottetown relies on this stream for its water supply, and for the second year in a row, it has run dry.

"We’re asking for the public’s assistance in reducing water usage to deal with the current dry conditions and strain on our water supply," Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee said in a media release on Thursday. "We will be following these guidelines in our own day-to-day operations and hope residents and business owners will support us by doing the same."

Dry conditions in the Maritimes is affecting the crop
Dry conditions in the Maritimes is affecting the crop

The guidelines cover lawn watering, car washing, pools and other outdoor water uses that are considered to be non-essential.

Officials say by cutting back on these types of water uses will help to bring water demand back to a normal level.

The PEI Department of the Environment says some waterways across the Island are at their lowest level since 2008.

A dry summer across the Maritimes has also had an impact on the fire risk and crop growth across the region.

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