Hamilton has plenty of water now, but don't squander it.
That's the message from Lou Di Gironimo, city director of
water and wastewater services. He says a ban on watering
lawns, washing cars, hosing driveways and other non-essential uses of
water outdoors will continue as long as there's a threat
of rolling power blackouts.
The city's eight reservoirs were refilled after Thursday's power outage,
but Di Gironimo says the water ban is necessary to
conserve electricity. He said two of the city's automatic sprinklers
may have been left on unintentionally over the weekend, and
staff have been told to shut them off.
Hamilton has enough water to last about 24 hours if
all reservoirs are full, which is rare. Di Gironimo says
the city's storage ability -- about 830 million litres --
compares well with other municipalities and is about six times
more than in the Ministry of Environment guidelines for urban
When the power went out late Thursday afternoon, some of
the reservoirs were in good shape, but two that serve
the core and west Hamilton -- including McMaster University Medical
Centre -- were down to about 15-20 per cent of
their capacity. On an average day, that's only enough water
for a few hours. Source.