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 an outdoor water use exemption permit through the Tillsonburg Customer Service Centre if you need to use water outside the designated hours. Exemptions may be granted for:
Automatic sprinkler systems*
New sod, seed, trees or outside projects
Filling a swimming pool*
*A fee for non-metered customers may apply
For water conservation measures, visit the County of Oxford website.