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Lake Major voluntary water restrictions remain in place despite Dorian

The utility continues to ask residents to take a shorter showers, turn off the tap when brushing teeth, and avoid washing cars and watering lawns
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082219-Service Area Map Lake Major Voluntary Water Conservation Measures Aug 21...
Map of the area served by the Lake Major Water Supply Plant courtesy of Halifax Water

As Halifax continues to clean up following a visit from Hurricane Dorian, voluntary water conservation measures remain in place for those who get their water from Lake Major.

The Lake Major Water Supply Plant serves around 103,000 residents in several HRM communities including Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, North Preston and Westphal.

Halifax Water asked residents and businesses in those areas to voluntarily reduce their usage on August 22 because the prolonged hot, dry weather this summer reduced the water levels.

According to the utility, rainfall from Hurricane Dorian bumped up the lake level by 26 cm.

Shortly after the voluntary restrictions went into place, post-tropical storm Erin blew through the region and Halifax Water spokesperson James Campbell said at the time that also added around 5 cm to the lake level.

However, the utility says, despite those two tropical systems, the water level is still below the normal operating range for this time of year.

"We thank customers for their conservation measures so far," said Halifax Water in a news release. "Voluntarily conserving water now will reduce the need for mandatory water use restrictions in the near future."

The utility continues to ask residents to take a shorter showers, turn off the tap when brushing teeth, and avoid washing cars and watering lawns.




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