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Devon Implements New Bylaw to Enhance Drought Resilience

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Bylaw outlines Emergency Water Conservation Strategy for potential drought

In response to increasing concerns over drought conditions, Devon Council has approved a new Water Conservation Bylaw, aimed at strengthening the Town’s preparedness for potential drought.

Passed during the May 13, 2024, Council Meeting, the bylaw introduces a comprehensive Emergency Water Conservation Strategy. This strategy is designed to activate progressively stricter water restrictions based on the water levels in the reservoirs at Devon’s Water Treatment Plant.

Details of the Water Conservation Strategy include:

  • Level I Restrictions: Residents are requested to curb water use and the Town will reduce non-essential water usage such as hydrant flushing, equipment washing, and firefighter training.
  • Level II Restrictions: A ban on non-essential water use throughout Devon, including the closure of the Town’s Bulk Water Station and the Centennial Spray Park, until reservoir levels stabilize.
  • Level III Restrictions: Includes all Level II restrictions, plus additional measures to severely limit water usage. Private bulk water stations will also be closed, and the Town’s Peace Officers will begin enforcement efforts to promote compliance with the bylaw.

"Our aim through this bylaw is to ensure that Devon remains proactive in managing water resources effectively, especially during these upcoming spring and summer months when the province is warning of potential drought conditions,” said Mayor Craddock. “While this approach is new, we are committed to keeping the community informed and prepared for any necessary water conservation measures."

The Town of Devon is not calling for water restrictions at this time, however we encourage residents to always practice water conservation whenever possible.

In the event that restrictions are needed, notifications will be made via signs at major intersections, the Town’s social media platforms, and on the Town website at devon.ca.

See the full Water Conservation Bylaw at devon.ca/water-restrictions.

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