The current Carlisle municipal water tower and system was identified several years ago as not having sufficient capacity for resident usage and fire storage usage. As a result, there has been and continues to be a freeze on housing development as well as restrictions on water usage during the dry season. Carlisle residents water usage is significantly above average during the summer.
Many communities average a 20% to 50% increase in water usage during the summer months, however in Carlisle the summer water demand increases by over 160%. This increased demand compromises your community’s fire water storage. The data indicates that the majority of this increased water use is due to outdoor watering, mainly lawn watering for those on the municipal water system.
To address the over usage of water, the Carlisle Conservation Committee (C3 Committee) comprised of local residents was formed in 2015 to assist city staff and Councillor Partridge to develop a water conservation management plan specifically for residents on the municipal water system. It is critical that Carlisle residents reduce their household water consumption, particularly through lawn watering with sprinkler systems.
Members of the C3 Committee in partnership with the City of Hamilton have created online conservation resources tailored for the residents of Carlisle. This website includes the history of water use in Carlisle, conservation tips, lawn care tips, plant selection, videos, and watering restrictions along with up-to-date information about our daily water use. Please visit www.hamilton.ca/C3 and take advantage of this resource to do your part to help Carlisle conserve water.
One of the initiatives to help reduce the amount of lawn watering is a three-sided roadside sign located at the 3 corners in Carlisle. This sign is there to inform residents of the current outdoor watering restrictions to keep us on track with our goal. When the sign is green we ask that you water your lawn only if needed, yellow is a 50% reduction in outdoor watering and red means no lawn watering is permitted.
The signs change based on a few different factors that are continually being monitored.
- The pumping data which indicates how much water is being pumped out of the well. This is the number that our goal is based on and is updated every 30 minutes on our webpage: www.hamilton.ca/C3
- Number of days with water usage over 1,170m3. Based on the daily pumping data, we track the how close we were to 1,170m3 and if we have gone over. Analysis of this data can show trends based on the other factors on this list
- How much water is in the water tower, which is measured in capacity (how full the tower is). This data is also updated every 30 minutes and can be seen on online at https://www.hamilton.ca/towers/carlisle
- Weather data. The daily weather and well as forecasted weather is taken into account
- Carlisle specific data. There is a data collector on the roof of the Carlisle Community Centre that gives us information on precipitation, temperature and pressure.
All of the above factors are taken into account when the decision is made to change the roadside water restriction sign in Carlisle. With your help we can conserve water and get the community back on track and under the goal of 1,170m3 per day.
Carlisle residents can take advantage of a free check up of their automatic sprinkler systems, provided by the City partnered with Landscape Ontario and local irrigation contractors. As part of this check-up you will receive a customized watering schedule tailored to your specific landscape needs along with a full report that highlights efficiency recommendations and potential savings. Our goal with this program is to help reduce summer water consumption by getting the best out of your sprinkler system while maintaining your landscape at a high standard.
Please visit www.hamilton.ca/wsip for more information on this program as well as a list of contractors that have been trained and certified to perform these check-ups.