WATCH: City trucks water plants during thunderstorm

You'd think the rain would be enough, but a CJAD listener snapped a picture of city workers doing something that seemed a little strange to him, during the rainstorm we had this week.

“I was flabbergasted to see the water trucks watering the plants in a torrential downpour," James Bassenden said of the picture he captured Tuesday of city trucks watering plants on Sherbrooke Street near Peel.

City official Jacques Alain Lavallée told CJAD municipal workers water plants even when it rains because the rain doesn't generate enough water.

“It looks odd but we are told by our expert gardeners that this is the way we should precede,” Lavallée said.

Bassenden says there was more water generated from the rain than the truck.

He says it was probably a case of scheduled city workers, needing to work.

“Something has to be done, better scheduling and checking the weather before sending the workers out, put them on another job instead of watering the plants,” Bassenden said.

During Tuesday torrential downpour another CJAD listener sent this video of city workers washing the sidewalks.

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  1. allan posted on 06/06/2014 01:07 PM
    Nothing ever changes in Montreal.
  2. George posted on 06/06/2014 01:42 PM
    This is perfectly acceptable. Rain simply spreads water around. The trucks, however, are able to use high pressure water to wash away debris like sticks, etc.

    As for the plants being watered, even a thunderstorm might not be sufficient enough to water the plants properly. It's always better to be safe.

    City worker.
    1. Jon posted on 06/06/2014 05:49 PM
      @George Nature does not distinguish between the water from the truck and the water from the clouds. Spraying water when it rains DOES NOT add water to the plants. The truck water DOES NOT evaporate slower. I'M give you that pressure washing will clear stick but it DOES NOT water plants.

      The truck is not contributing a thing to the plants in any way whatsoever.
  3. SSM posted on 06/06/2014 03:31 PM
    Some of us skimp on all sorts of things to pay our high municipal taxes. It's insulting to see this kind of waste. What about the environmental abuse of wasting water like this? Are we not fined for watering lawns in certain conditions. The message here is loud and clear but disgusting.
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