For Immediate Release / May 19, 2023
City Encourages Residents and Businesses to Conserve Water
The City of St. Albert is encouraging residents and businesses to conserve water where possible due to the hot, dry weather. The City has experienced higher than normal water use, which has started to reduce water levels in the City’s three reservoirs that store water for community use and fire protection.
The City has already discontinued its own non-essential activities involving water use, such as street sweeping, washing City vehicles, filling pools, hydrant flushing and firefighter training, to limit the draw on reservoirs. In exception, the Woodlands Water Play Park operates on a recirculating water system and as such, no additional water usage is needed to keep the park in operation during this, or subsequent conditions. However, the Versailles Park Splash Pad will not open on May 20 as previously announced, as that facility operates on a non-recirculating water system. The City continues to closely monitor water levels in the reservoirs and will provide an update on when the splash pad at Versailles Park can open for the season.
Residents and businesses can help the City conserve water by doing the following:
- Use water from rain barrels until they are empty, before using municipal water for outdoor watering.
- Reduce water use during peak demand periods: 6 to 9 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
- Turn the water off while brushing your teeth; run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full; and delay filling Jacuzzis, hot tubs or swimming pools.
- Water your lawn, garden, plants, shrubs and trees during the coolest part of the day (early morning or late evening).
- Use a watering can or hose with a shut-off nozzle to water only where needed.
- Ensure sprinklers are positioned so they don’t water driveways, sidewalks or streets.
- If you have a sprinkler timer, the best time to water your lawn is between 3 and 6 a.m.
- Clean your sidewalks and driveways with a broom or brush, rather than a hose.
- Limit washing vehicles and house exteriors during hot water.
For more water conservation tips, visit stalbert.ca and search Water Saving Tips.
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Last edited: May 19, 2023