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By-law regarding the use of drinking water
In order to ensure a constant supply of drinking water, every user of the aqueduct system must be aware of the fragility of this resource and must follow a few guidelines
Flushing the water network
The municipality flushes its water system once a year in the fall. A notice is distributed to you a few days before. This is necessary to ensure the quality of the drinking water, to dislodge iron and rust particles and to keep the system in good condition. Flushing the system can result in a slight decrease in water pressure and a brownish coloration of the water. It is therefore advisable to check the water before using it. We recommend not doing laundry while system is being flushed and letting your cold water run for 15 minutes or until the water becomes clear again. This removes any residue that may be present in your plumbing.
If a water main break occurs on your property or inside your home, you should contact a plumber. The municipality is only responsible for damage on municipal roads. Contact the municipality immediately if you notice a water leak.
The Municipality of L’Isle-aux-Allumettes must ensure the installation of water meters in all industrial, commercial and public/municipal buildings that are connected to the aqueduct network, as well as in certain residences, as requested by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Occupation of the Territory (MAMOT) Those who will be affected will be contacted to explain the process.
If you have a well, remember that you are responsible for ensuring its water quality to protect your health and that of your loved ones. You should test your water once a year. If you wish, you can ask the Municipality to provide you with a water sample kit, at a cost of $50.00. You may receive the results by email or telephone. Contact the office at 819-689-2266 or email email@example.com for more information
Tips and tricks to save drinking water
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, shaving or washing hands and face (saves up to 12 litres of water every minute).
Take 5 minutes showers or less (saves up to 200 litres of water).
Install a low-flow pommel in the shower uses 50% less water than a bath.
Repair water leaks as quickly as possible prevents the loss of 770 litres of water per day.
Replacing old toilets with toilets of 6 litres or less can save 66% water per day
Keeping a jug of water in the refrigerator allows you to have fresh water at all times, without having to let the tap run.
Install a low-flow faucet aerator.
Only run the dishwasher when it is full.
Wash fruits and vegetables, at the same time, in a bowl or sink instead of washing them individually under running water (saves 5 litres of water each time)
In the summer, watering your lawns and other outdoor uses can account for 50-80% of the water used. Rain is enough to meet the lawn’s needs. If it is yellow, it is dormant in order to preserve water in the roots. Your lawn will not die during a drought.
Wash your car with a bucket of water and a sponge rather than a garden hose (saves up to 300 litres of water).
Put a suncover on your pool to limit water evaporation, and illiminated the need to fill it regularly.