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City introduces new water conservation guidelines

July 3, 2018 10:43 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Red Deerians are encouraged to reduce the amount of water they use in their homes, yards and at work by following the City’s new water conservation guidelines.

The new guidelines set water use standards for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional operations. There are four stages to the conservation guidelines. Each stage may be enacted based on existing weather conditions and the state of the Red Deer River. The guidelines will take effect each spring on May 1, and they will be lifted each fall on October 1.

Stage 1 is in effect now with voluntary guidelines to help conserve water and reduce strain on the water treatment plant. Stage 1 asks Red Deerians to water lawns and gardens on even or odd days of the month based on your address during non-peak times and to use commercial car washes rather than washing their vehicle at home.

“Stage 1 means that conditions are normal and we don’t have any major concerns,” said Alex Monkman, Water Superintendent, “We’re trying to encourage people to think about their water use and to be mindful when watering their lawns and plants, and when washing their vehicles.”

Stages 2, 3 and 4 are each enacted based on weather conditions, the flow rate of the Red Deer River, and potential emergency situations as they relate to The City’s water supply. These three stages are all enforced. Residents and businesses who do not comply with the guidelines in these stages may face penalties that range from a warning to a fine to a stoppage in service.

“Historical data shows that the likelihood of Red Deer enacting Stage 2, 3 or 4 water restrictions is very unlikely, but we’ve put these guidelines in place to ensure we’re prepared,” said Monkman. “If a state of emergency is declared for our water supply, and Stage 4 is called, we wanted to have a process in place to ensure citizens continue to have access to clean, safe drinking water.”

More information about the new Water Conservation Guidelines, including the steps for each stage, is available on the City’s website at reddeer.ca/savewater.

For more information, contact:

Alex Monkman
Water Superintendent
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8750 

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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