Water Restrictions

Oxford County relies entirely on groundwater for its drinking water supply. Compared to other communities near rivers or lakes, groundwater supplies take much longer to replenish and are more vulnerable to overuse.

Restrictions in effect May 1 to September 30

Oxford County By-law No. 4193-2002 permits outdoor water use (by hose or attachment) every other day to ensure an adequate water supply for all residents. Outside water use includes watering lawns and gardens, washing your vehicle(s) and/or power washing your deck, driveway or house.

  • Even-numbered addresses water on even-numbered days
  • Odd-numbered addresses water on odd-numbered days

In addition, water may only be used at certain hours as shown below:

Type of usage Outside water use is allowed
Residential 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
Commercial and Industrial 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Applying for an exemption

You can apply for the following exemption permits if you need to use water outside the designated hours.

  • Automatic sprinkler systems*
  • New sod, seed, trees or outside projects
  • Non-profit fundraising
  • Filling a swimming pool*
  • Other considerations
*A fee for non-metered customers may apply

For water conservation measures, visit the County of Oxford website.

NEW - You can now apply for your Automatic Sprinkler System Exemption Permit online!

  Note: You will need to reference your Customer Number which is found on your monthly Hydro/Water bill.

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