Water Services to educate residents on water conservation this summer

June 28, 2018 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – The City of Airdrie Water Services department will be educating residents on water conservation throughout the summer in conjunction with a Water Conservation Policy and a Water Conservation, Efficiency, and Productivity Plan being presented to Council on July 3. This education program will cover where Airdrie’s water comes from and why we should conserve water plus provide residents water conservation tips.

“We want to work together with residents to conserve water,” said Glenn Archer, Team Leader, Water Services. “It’s important for Airdrie’s long term sustainability but it can also save residents money on their water bill.”

As part of this education initiative Water Services will be hosting a rain barrel sale with Green Calgary on July 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Recycle Depot. Rain barrels are one of the many ways residents can conserve water as an average Airdrie roof collects about 54,000 litres of water annually, which could fill a rain barrel 270 times. The Water Services team will also be doing outreach at farmer’s markets and festivals during the summer.

The purpose of the Policy being presented to Council is to increase awareness about responsible water use and conservation, with the goal of ensuring long-term water sustainability for Airdrie businesses and residents. The Plan outlines water conservation activities completed, recommended actions, and future targets. Administration is also looking for in-principle support for bylaw amendments to the existing Waterworks Bylaw, which is scheduled to be brought to Council in the fall. Bylaw amendments would further water conservation efforts by instituting watering schedules and possible water use restrictions in times of drought.

To learn more about water conservation and upcoming education initiatives visit www.airdrie.ca/water conservation.

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Media contact:
Glenn Archer
Team Leader, Water Services
403-948-8800 ext 6371
glenn.archer@airdrie.ca

 

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