The City now has a planning tool in place to ensure our water supply has a viable future. On Monday, Red Deer City Council approved the Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Plan (CEP) which will be used by The City as a guide for conserving our potable water supply for the next 20 years. The plan outlines new targets that build on those set out in the Environmental Master Plan (EMP), as those targets have already been reached.
The City aims to reduce average residential water use by 2035 to 169 litres per capita per day from levels recorded in 2014 of 195 litres per capita per day. The City will also engage with industrial, commercial and institutional sectors to reduce their water use to 95 litres per capita per day from levels recorded in 2014 of 112 litres per capita per day.
“This plan outlines the strategies and efforts that both The City and our customers need to take to plan for the future,” said Katina Tam, Environmental Program Specialist. “We have already made positive strides with conservation efforts by surpassing our EMP targets for 2020, but we need to continue to build on that momentum.”
The CEP outlines 20 initiatives at the operational, regulatory and educational levels. Some of those initiatives include exploring water re-use, developing a water efficiency audit and retrofit program, and identifying the feasibility of developing a certification for water conserving homes. The development of the plan was directed by the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and supports the Government of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy.
“The Red Deer River watershed is the source of water for not just Red Deer, but surrounding regions as well,” said Tam. “There are a number of factors that could threaten that supply including population growth, droughts and unpredictable climates, so it is important that we take action now to reduce our demand for potable water.”
For more information on the Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Plan and The City’s water conservation efforts, visit www.reddeer.ca/water.
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For more information, please contact:
Environmental Program Specialist
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer