Water conservation tips

The average Airdrie resident uses 250 litres of water per day. That’s the equivalent of two full bathtubs of water per person - every day!
Reduce your water use and save money on your water bill using these water conservation tips:

No cost:

  • Ensure your downspouts drain into an area where water can be absorbed (like a nearby lawn, tree or flower bed).
  • Water only when you need to. An established lawn only requires 25mm (about 1 inch) of water per week.
  • Tip: Place a Frisbee upside down on the lawn in the area you are watering, once it’s full, turn off the sprinkler.
  • Don’t water after 9 a.m. or before 7 p.m. Watering during the hottest part of the day can cause up to 30 per cent evaporation.
  • Avoid watering on windy days.
  • Leave grass 3” long to prevent scorching and water evaporation.
  • Grass-cycle. Leave your grass clippings on the lawn, this provides extra nutrients for the lawn and helps retain moisture.
  • When cleaning fruits/ veggies or dishes, don’t run the water continually. Put the stopper in the sink and let the sink fill up a bit.
  • Wait until the dishwasher is full before you run it.
  • Use leftover water from washed vegetables, boiled eggs or tea kettles to water your house plants.
  • Defrost food in the fridge instead of in water.
  • Scrape dishes into your organics kitchen caddy instead of rinsing them before loading the dishwasher.
  • Use your organics cart to dispose of tissue, not the toilet. Every time you flush the toilet you use an average of 11-26 litres of water!
  • Put a milk jug filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce water waste.
  • Do the leaky toilet test. Figure out if your toilet is leaking by putting a dye tab or food colouring in the top tank.
  • Check for leaks in taps as well. Leaks cost lots of money!
  • Turn the water off while you’re brushing your teeth.
  • Take short showers and turn the water off while you’re shampooing your hair or scrubbing your body.
  • Put a bucket in the shower to catch water, use it to water plants.
  • Wash full loads of laundry on the shortest setting.
  • Hang up and re-wear clothes that are still clean.
  • If your machine has a suds-saver feature, use it (this reuses clean rinse water for washing the next load).

Low cost:

  • Install low flow taps and toilets
  • Switch to low-flow toilets
  • Changing from a 20 to 6 litre toilet could save 81,000 litres of water or almost $300 a year! (based on a four person home flushing four times per person a day)
  • Check out the City of Airdrie toilet replacement/rebate program
  • Practice xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is landscaping or gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for extra watering.
  • Consider replacing your lawn with drought-tolerant and locally adapted plants, shrubs, and trees.
  • Use a rain barrel or multiple rain barrels. An average roof in Airdrie collects approximately 24,000 litres of rain annually-this could fill a rain barrel 96 times!
  • Aerate your lawn. A well aerated lawn can absorb rain but a compacted lawn acts as a “hard surface” allowing little absorption.
  • Use a garden-hose nozzle with an automatic shut off to save water.
  • Water plant roots directly with drip or soaker hoses buried in mulch. Using a soil moisture sensor can help you monitor water use and ensure you only use what you need.
  • Water timers (available at any garden centre) can be set before you leave the house in the morning - you won’t forget to turn off the water and the water won’t evaporate in heat of the day.
  • Add compost to the lawn to help retain moisture.

Smart irrigation tips:

  • Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus
  • Test your soil type. Type of soil determines how quickly water is absorbed. Watering more than soil can absorb causes runoff and waste.
  • Set your sprinklers to water plants and shrubs, not your driveway, sidewalk, or buildings.

Why should we conserve water?

The City of Airdrie is one of over 10 municipalities that rely on the Bow and Elbow rivers for their water supply. These rivers supply drinking water, provide habitats for plant and aquatic life and are also vital for agriculture, recreation, tourism and industry. With so much depending on these rivers, it is important that we manage our water consumption to ensure long-term sustainability for all water users. Conserving water also reduces your water thus saving you money!

Reduce your water use and save money on your water bill using the tips in the quick links to the right. 


Watering schedule

On Feb. 4, 2019 Council repealed Waterworks Bylaw No. B-30/2016 and gave three readings to Waterworks Bylaw No. B-04/2019. A notable addition in the new Bylaw is the inclusion of a year-round watering schedule.

Addresses ending in an EVEN number (0,2,4,6,8) can water lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 

  • 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. for hose connected sprinklers
  • 7 p.m - 10 p.m. for hose connected sprinklers 
  • 1 a.m. - 4 a.m. for automated irrigation systems


Addresses ending in an ODD number (1,3,5,7,9) can water lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

  • 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. for hose connected sprinklers
  • 7 p.m - 10 p.m. for hose connected sprinklers
  • 1 a.m. - 4 a.m. for automated irrigation systems

 Print off the watering schedule for ODD addresses here.


The new Bylaw also includes water restrictions that would only come into effect during a water shortage. Water shortages are classified into levels, which would trigger different types of restrictions. Residents and businesses would be notified through a variety of communication channels, such as social media and web, if a level two or three Water Use Restriction was declared.

See the full Bylaw here.

See here for a summary of the restrictions: Water Use Restrictions Summary


Wade's wild adventure

Learn about how Airdrie gets its water and why we should conserve it in this colouring and activity book. 


Water use schedule summary

See what's permitted when by viewing the water use schedule included in the bylaw. 


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