HIGH RIVER, AB: Starting Monday, June 6 the Town of High River will move to Water Conservation Level 2. This means that watering of lawns is restricted to specific days and times.
During Water Conservation Level 2, watering of lawns is only permitted between 5-10 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on specific days for each area of town:
- Southwest – Monday and Thursday
- Southeast – Tuesday and Friday
- Northeast / Northwest – Wednesday and Saturday
At Level 2, residents can still fill swimming pools and other recreational facilities. Hand watering of trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens is permitted at any time.
All residents must comply with the Town’s water conservation bylaw, unless they have been granted a special exception by the Town. Permits to allow watering of new lawns can be downloaded and printed at www.highriver.ca under the “Residents” then “Water Conservation” tab. Completed permits can be dropped off at the operations Town Shop (640 7 Street N.W.) for processing.
The Town determines water conservation levels based on several factors including the condition of aquifers and wells, ensuring that there are sufficient water reserves available in case of fires, environmental sustainability and resource protection, water quality standards, and infrastructure limitations.
Other tips for conserving water include:
- Limit lawn watering to 1 inch (2.5 cm) a week and ensure that sprinklers are aimed properly to avoid watering your driveway or sidewalk.
- Install a rain barrel to collect water from downspouts to be reused to water lawns, gardens and flowerbeds.
- Install low-flow toilets and use a front-load clothes washer