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.
Learning about wildfires in your
community is vital for many Albertans. Please help us better share
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The 2021 wildfire season in Alberta
ended on October 31. Permits are no longer required to burn within the
Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Residents living outside the Forest
Protection Area (FPA) can contact their municipality or local authority
for more information about fire permit requirements.
The Grande Prairie Forest Area has deep
layers of organic soils, this type of soil can ignite under debris piles
and smolder over the winter months. This is commonly known as a holdover
fire or ground fire. These fires often start during the fall and winter
months as a result of improperly extinguished fires. Always check the ground after burning
by digging deep and feeling for heat.
Do your part to prevent spring
wildfires by always making sure your winter campfire is out before you
leave. Soak it, stir it and soak it again! #ABWildfire
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Everyone can participate and reduce
wildfire risk, increase preparedness and help communities become
FireSmart. Projects range from hour-long work bees to full-day
activities. Check out A toolkit For Neighbourhoods and get your Community Prep Day started.