Port Dover water plant repaired

Emergency repairs at the water filtration plant in Port Dover are now complete.Residents and businesses are encouraged to return to their normal water usage routine, bearing in mind that Norfolk has summer seasonal restrictions on outdoor watering in urban areas.“Norfolk County staff thank residents for their patience while they dealt with this unscheduled repair,” public works said this week in a news release.Several weeks ago, Port Dover residents were asked to refrain from unnecessary water use while the county addressed the problem.Before the deficiency was identified, there were already concerns in Port Dover that water use and allocation has outstripped the plant’s capacity to replenish the water tower while maintaining adequate hydrant pressure for fire protection.Earlier this year, Norfolk County imposed a moratorium on new water and sewer allocation until Port Dover’s water capacity concerns are put to rest.With the plant repairs complete, residents and businesses are reminded that – during the summer months – even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days of the month are allowed to water outdoors from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.The same limitations apply to odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days of the month.Bulk water sales have also resumed at the water tower east of the Highway 6 lift bridge.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com