Water is a precious and necessary resource. Sturgeon County Utility Services takes the management and maintenance of water very seriously. Water sampling, preventative maintenance and system flushing are some of the programs we perform regularly to ensure that our customer’s water supply is of the highest quality. We also provide information about how to take care of your home plumbing system and water conservation.
Conserve water and save money on your water bill by using these helpful tips both inside and outside your home.
- Water in the morning - It will reduce water lost to evaporation. Watering slowly helps the soil absorb water and prevents run-off.
- Save your rain -Rain barrels are a great way to capture rainwater and save you money!
- Reduce indoor water use- Install low-flow shower heads and low-volume or dual flush toilets to cut water use by more than 30 percent or more.
- Limit use of your garbage disposal- Composting saves water and nourishes your flower or vegetable garden.
- Fix your leaks - Leaky faucets and running toilets waste between 9,000 and 200,000 litres per year.
Water Demand Management
During prolonged dry weather events or periods of excessive water consumption, Sturgeon County may implement a Water Demand Management Protocol either County wide or to specific regions of Sturgeon County. This is to ensure water conservation in our reservoirs for essential water use and fire protection purposes. During a “Water Demand Management” event, Sturgeon County will look to suspend all non-essential water use. Restricting non-essential water use includes:
- suspending all hydrant and sewer flushing
- residential lawn watering
- street cleaning
- firefighting training
- park and recreational area water
Public notification of Water Demand Measures, which includes odd/even water notifications, will be advertised through Sturgeon County by way of roadside signage, letter delivery notices, the website, twitter and other media various media outlets.
During a water ban, the use of non-essential water (i.e. lawn watering) can result in a fine of $250 under Bylaw 1356/15.