Sylvan Lake is facing a bit of a water crunch and the town has imposed an outdoor water ban to deal with the issue.

Residents are being asked not to fill outdoor pools, wash vehicles, water lawns or do any pressure washing as officials try to give the local underground aquifer time to refill.

"We're asking everybody to use our public pool and the lake for their recreation as we give our water reservoirs time to recharge in this hot heat," said Sylvan Lake Mayor Sean McIntyre.

  • He was on Alberta@Noon talking about the water ban. Hear more from the mayor by clicking the "Listen" button above.

McIntyre says water is a finite resource in the resort town west but there is still enough for indoor use such as washing and bathing.

The only exception to the ban deals with new lawns. People are being allowed to hand water in the evening or early morning.