Gateway Gazette

Town of High River Moves to Water Conservation Level 2

HIGH RIVER, AB: Effective immediately the Town of High River is at Water Conservation Level 2. This means that watering of lawns is restricted to specific days and times.

“The Town of High River is committed to water conservation and this is a proactive step to ensure our water supply is well managed throughout the summer,” said Jason Craigie, manager of operational services for the Town. “As temperatures rise, the demand for water increases. Moving to level 2 allows us to limit demands on town infrastructure, be environmentally friendly and save residents money.”

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.

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

For more information visit www.highriver.ca or call operations at 403-652-4657.

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