Conservation and Watering Restrictions

Georgian Bay is a large bay of Lake Huron, in the Laurentia bioregion. It is located entirely within the borders of Ontario, Canada. The main body of the bay lies east of the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island. To its northwest is the North Channel.


Outside water use restrictions are for residents on the Municipal water system. Water restrictions are in place to ensure adequate quantities of water are available for consumer demand and firefighting purposes.

Outside use is RESTRICTED to the days of the month corresponding with your civic address, meaning:



Outside use is restricted to the hours of 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Outside Water Restrictions ensure adequate quantities of water for consumer demand and firefighting purposes.

Refer to the Water Restriction Policy below and By-law to ensure you are aware of guidelines.

Water is our most important natural resource. Responsible water usage is the key to conserving this valuable resource and ensuring it's available to us in times of need.

Limits are established by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Control (MOECC) on how much water can be taken from lakes. These limits are determined by average levels of consumption by communities. Municipalities cannot exceed the limits determined by the MOECC without being subjected to potential charges under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

During the summer months, water consumption in Tay Township can more than double due to lawn and garden watering.

If public demand for water exceeds Tay Township's capacity to supply, it becomes necessary to issue a Water Ban to ensure that there is an adequate amount of water to handle such emergencies. A Water Ban prohibits the use of all outdoor watering. Watering bans are advertised on community signs, radio and the website.

To help manage water usage and ensure a sufficient supply is on hand for an emergency, such as firefighting Tay Township has a bylaw in place which regulates how and when water can be used for non-essential needs.

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