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.
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Current Fire Rating
Todays fire rating is Very-High
By Kelly Burke, Oct 20, 2022 3:17:16 PM
The wildfire danger is now VERY
HIGH for the Grande
Wildfire Situation | October 20,
2022 - 3:30 p.m.
Dry and windy weather has increased the wildfire danger to
very high, when the fire danger is very high fires can start and spread
rapidly. Since January 1, 2022 there have been 79 wildfires burning
over 105 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. At this time, 77 of
these fires have been extinguished and two are listed as under control.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the
province of Alberta visit Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
Wildfire smoke from wildfires burning in British
Columbia, N.W.T and northern Alberta will continue to drift into the
Grande Prairie Forest Area in the coming days. For an accurate
forecast of wildfire smoke, go to FIRESMOKE CANADA for hourly ground-level
concentration of smoke particles from wildfires.
A FIRE ADVISORY is in effect for the Grande Prairie Forest
Due to current and forecasted weather conditions, all fire
permits are suspended with the exception of current burn barrel,
incinerators, smudges and smoke house permits. New fire permits will not
be issued until conditions improve. Essential burning will be considered
on a case-by-case basis.
• Without a valid fire permit, any burning other than a
campfire is prohibited
• Safe wood campfires *
• Backyard fire pits
• Portable propane fire pits
• Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
• Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
*Safe wood campfires - should be within a metal, brick, or
rock fire ring. They are required to:
a) be on rock, gravel, sand, or another
non-combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the
b) have a responsible person in attendance to keep
fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving;
c) have on hand enough water on site to extinguish
the fire. Safe wood campfires on private lands include private land
campgrounds and private land recreation areas; and
d) Municipalities, Parks and protected areas may
have additional fire safety requirements.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and
soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If
you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.
Assistance from the public plays a vital role in detecting
wildfires. Calling 310-FIRE is quick and easy and is available toll free,
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you see a wildfire or suspicious smoke,
make the call. The 310-FIRE line was created as way for the public to
report wildfires in the forested areas. If you see fire threatening a
community, call 911 immediately.
Wildfire is hiring
We’re looking for hard-working and dedicated people to
join our team in a variety of roles for the 2023 wildfire season. Find
out more here: https://bit.ly/2Y9aZ26
Before you burn it, get a fire permit. Until October 31st,
fire permits are required for any type of burning in the Forest
Protection Area (FPA) . The only exception is for a cooking or warming
campfire. Anyone living outside the FPA can contact their municipality
for information about local fire permit requirements.
Albertans living or working in the Forest Protection Area of the province
can request a free fire permit by contacting your local forestry office
or using the new, convenient online Fire Permit Portal.
County West / Grovedale - (780) 814-1648
Spirit River - (780) 814-1983
Valleyview - (780) 524-6576