In anticipation of low flows in the Red Deer River this summer, The City of Red Deer is reminding residents and businesses to conserve water.
“Alberta Environment and Parks is forecasting below-average volumes of water in the Red Deer River Basin from June to September, so we’re asking Red Deerians to be proactive and mindful of the amount of water they use,” said Katina Tam, Environmental Program Specialist. “We encourage residents and businesses to join The City in cutting unnecessary uses of potable water.”
There are simple measures residents and businesses can take to reduce water use, including:
- Use a rain barrel to capture rainwater and re-use it for lawn or plant irrigation. Rainwater contains naturally-found nutrients that are beneficial for grass and plants to grow. The City is currently offering a residential Rain Barrel Rebate Program on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on how to apply, visit www.reddeer.ca/rainbarrels.
- Let your lawn turn brown during periods of drought and hot temperatures; during these times, lawn is in a dormant state and will become green once wetter, cooler weather returns. Lawns can typically survive several weeks in a dormant state.
- Reduce the need for watering by leaving grass clippings, which are approximately 85 per cent water, on your lawn. During the summer, clippings decompose and return nitrogen and other nutrients to the lawn and add moisture.
- Check your toilets or faucets for leaks and repair as needed. To check your toilets for leaks, put five to six drops of food colouring in the toilet tank; if, without flushing, the colour begins to appear in the toilet bowl within 30 minutes, a leak exists.
- Business owners are encouraged to introduce low-flow toilets, install aerators on faucets and ensure water conservation signage is in place in bathrooms and kitchens.
“If we all act now and take measures to minimize our water use, together we can ensure the long-term sustainability of our potable water supply for this summer and years to come,” said Tam.
For more tips on how to conserve water, visit www.reddeer.ca/water. For information on water supply forecasts, visit www.environment.alberta.ca/forecasting/watersupply.
For more information, please contact:
Environmental Program Specialist
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer