The town of Nanton has already increased their water restrictions to level 2.

They have done so, not due to a lack of water, but for currently having too much water in their sewer collection system.

On March 13th, the Town announced that enough snowmelt has made its way into the sewer system that they are now at a significant risk of backing up if water restriction actions aren't taken.

In response to this, the town has ordered temporary wastewater storage to help accommodate the excess water.

But, in the meantime, they are asking residents to reduce the amount of water they are discharging into the sewer.

Under Level 2 restrictions, all outdoor water usage has been restricted to the following schedule:

Odd numbered addresses are able to water their lawns on Thursday and Sunday, while even numbered addresses can use outdoor water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

But, only between 6:00 a.m. to 9 a.m. or between 7:00 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Outdoor water usage includes watering lawns, non-commercial washing of vehicles, sidewalks, pads, the exterior of building, the filling of hot tubs and jacuzzies, and the recreational use of sprinklers.

Flowerbeds and vegetable gardens are allowed to be watered by hand, but that, too, must happen during the dedicated watering schedule, and the person is required to either use a watering can or a hose with a nozzle trigger shut off that can restrict water flow.

Irrigation or watering permits for metered commercial/industrial irrigation or new residential lawns may be suspended, and no new approvals will be issued.

There are also other ways that residents can do to help reduce their impact on the sewer system, and the Town took to Facebook to help provide ways people can help.

With an upwards of 19 litres of water being wasted while the bathroom tap is left running while brushing your teeth, it's suggested to turn the tap off while you are brushing your teeth.

And with it taking between 135 and 190 litres of water to take a bath, during this time, it's suggested to switch to showers if you are able.

The Town is asking for anyone who sees any significant amount of wastewater or stormwater activity or standing water that is hard to explain to contact the Town's operations department.