A family of four can save 160,000 litres of water or more a year by installing low flow shower heads. Older shower heads have flow rates as high as 20 litres per minute while newer ones use between 5.6 and 9.5 litres per minute – half the water and energy!
Recycle unused water. While waiting for hot water to flow, catch the cool water in a bucket. Use it later to water your plants or pets.
Take a 5 minute shower instead of a bath, or reduce your bath water by just 2 inches.
Toilets are one of the biggest water users in homes with 24% of household water getting flushed away!
Do not use the toilet as a garbage can. Tissues and other items can be thrown in the trash can saving you 1000 litres of water per year.
Place a few drops of food coloring in the tank of the toilet(s) in the late evening
Let the coloring sit overnight
If color appears in the bowl by morning, you have a leak.
The average lawn and/or garden only needs 5 centimeters of waters per week, including rain. Longer, infrequent watering will help develop deeper, healthier roots.
Consider Watering the lawn and/or garden early in the morning to avoid water being lost to evaporation.
Make sure your sprinkler is aimed at your lawn and not the sidewalk, driveway, or road.
Aerate your lawn regularly and use mulch around plants to reduce evaporation.
Use a rain barrel to collect water for your plants and shrubs.
danger for the Grande Prairie Forest Area MODERATE.
wildfire danger has been lowered due to higher humidity, lighter wind,
and increased moisture in the area. Isolated showers and storms are
dropping much needed rain on the Grande Prairie Forest Area. We will
continue to monitor weather and wildfire behavior in the coming days as
the wildfire situation improves.
nine kilometers South of the Nose Mountain Road is listed as Being Held
(BH) at 75 hectares. This fire is not expected to grow any larger
given the current weather conditions and resources fighting the fire.
Heavy equipment have completed the containment guard around the wildfire.
Currently, there are 13 firefighters with three helicopter with a
water delivery vehicle working on this wildfire.
At this time, there are 10 active
wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. Of these, one is classified
as Out of Control (OC) three are being held (BH) and six are Under
Control (UC) and one is turned over.
Since March 1, 2021 there have been 81
wildfires burning nearly 150 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the
province of Alberta visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
A FIRE RESTRICTION remains in place for
Grande Prairie Forest due to recent hot and dry conditions. The fire
restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve or change.
Under this restriction:
Existing fire permits are suspended;
All outdoor fires presently burning under permit
must be extinguished, unless approved to continue by a Forest
Safe wood campfires within fire rings in
campgrounds and backyard fire pits are allowed.
Wood campfires on public land
Fireworks and exploding targets
Wood campfires on private land
Wood campfires within provincial campgrounds in a
designated campfire ring
Backyard fire pits on private land
Charcoal briquette barbeques
Propane or natural gas fueled appliances
Indoor wood fires
Open flame oil devices
All permits are suspended including
burn barrels. No new fire permits will be issued until conditions
Check Alberta Fire Bans for the most up to date
information on advisories, restrictions and bans in your
area. Anyone living outside the FPA can contact their municipality for
information about local fire permit requirements.
From March 1st until October 31st, fire
permits are required for any burning except campfires in the Forest
Protection Area (FPA).