Oppressive heat warning possibly until Friday: Longueuil issues reminder about preventive measures

Due to the oppressive heat warning issued today by Environment Canada, Ville de Longueuil wishes to remind residents about preventive measures and the importance of using drinking water responsibly.

Reminder about preventive measures

Seniors and people with chronic diseases are encouraged to follow the preventive measures to reduce their risk of experiencing heat-related health problems, and residents are urged to check on anyone they know who may be affected by the heat.

  1. When you go outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed, well-ventilated hat or use a parasol to protect yourself from the sun.

  2. Apply sunscreen to limit your exposure to ultraviolet rays.

  3. Limit physical activity, especially in the midday hours when temperatures are highest.

  4. Drink plenty of water.

  5. Close your blinds and curtains to keep your home cool.

  6. Open all your windows at night if it is cooler outdoors than indoors.

  7. Use air conditioning to cool your home.

  8. If you have to work outdoors during the heat wave, drink at least one glass of water every 20 minutes, even if you don't feel thirsty.

  9. Work at a pace that is appropriate for your heat tolerance. Take breaks in the shade or in a cool place.

For more helpful advice about dealing with a heatwave, visit longueuil.quebec/en/oppressive-heat.

Pools and splash pads open

Ville de Longueuil wishes to remind residents of the facilities available to help them cool down. For the list of swimming pools, wading pools, and splash pads that are open and for the reservation procedures related to COVID-19, citizens can visit longueuil.quebec/ete (in French).

Use drinking water responsibly

Finally, Ville de Longueuil is appealing to citizens and businesses on its territory to reduce their drinking water consumption during the heatwave. It is especially important that everyone comply with the drinking water by-law, particularly as it applies to watering lawns.

Drinking water consumption has increased significantly in the past few days. While the supply is not currently compromised, it is crucial that citizens reduce their consumption to avoid the city reissuing an official watering ban.

Summary of the water usage by-law

  • In residential sectors, watering of lawns and other vegetation using a movable sprinkler system is permitted between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. only, on the following days, depending on the borough and the civic address:

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  • This schedule does not apply to vegetable gardens, flower gardens, or flower beds when a handheld hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle is used.

  • Watering of lawns with timed sprinklers is permitted between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. daily, except on Wednesdays and Sundays.

  • It is prohibited to use drinking water to clean driveways, sidewalks, and patios, or to operate fountains, waterfalls, or ponds without a recirculation pump; it is also prohibited to use refrigeration or air-conditioning units that require drinking water.

For the complete drinking water by-law, visit longueuil.quebec/en/main-by-laws/water.