Despite the heat, so far so good for St. John's water supply

Environment Canada says this is the warmest July on record so far, although that has not yet meant much difficulty for the water supply on the Northeast Avalon.
Ron Ellsworth says the water levels in St. John's are good because of all the snow last winter. (CBC)

Environment Canada says this is the warmest July on record so far. But despite the heat, the water supply is in good shape in St. John's says Deputy Mayor Ron Ellsworth.

The snowy winter was one reason why water levels remain high.

But Ellsworth stresses the importance of water conservation and says the water tax depends on the amount of water used by residents.

"Next year's water tax is based on this year's consumption, so if we can keep consumption down then we keep the cost down to the taxpayers," says Ellsworth.

He reminds people that a water conservation order has been in place since 2002 and there are many simple, daily choices people can make to conserve water.