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.
Are you interested in FireSmart but don't know where to
start? Check out FireSmart101. This free one hour course
identifies the principles of FireSmart that you can adopt for your home.
Mitigating wildfire risk to our homes and neighborhoods is something we
should all be working towards.
During wildfire season, you are
required to have a fire permit to burn within the Forest Protection Area
(FPA), with the exception of a campfire.
Albertans can request a free fire
permit by contacting their local forestry office or using the online Fire Permit Portal.
County West / Grovedale - (780)
Spirit River – (780) 814-1983
Valleyview – (780) 524-6576
Wildfire prevention is everyone's
responsibility. Be extra careful with fire and limit the number of human
caused wildfires in our area. Fire and weather conditions can change
quickly, and the public is encouraged to visit Alberta Fire Bans before heading out.