land drought. consequence of climate change

We’ve had little precipitation this winter and spring, which increases our risk of drought and could impact our water supply in the coming months. Many areas in the province – mostly in southern Alberta – are already dealing with drought conditions.

Sturgeon County is aware of the potential for a drought and is monitoring the situation very closely. Departments are developing strategies to minimize potential impacts on the County and our residents. The County is working with its partners and including any information from the province in its planning.

Drought forecast from the Province

According to the Government of Alberta’s forecast, the lack of precipitation could lead to a substantial drought risk for the province in 2024.

If conditions do not improve, the Government of Alberta could declare an emergency. This would mean emergency measures could be implemented to protect the safety, health or well-being of the public.

Visit the province’s Drought (www.alberta.ca/drought) webpage for current conditions, the Government of Alberta’s drought response, and tips for homeowners and agricultural producers.

What is Sturgeon County doing?

Sturgeon County residents get their potable water from bulk water stations or by connecting to the County’s utilities system. The County buys water from EPCOR to maintain its water reservoir levels.

County crews monitor the reservoirs daily and predict future water needs based on  historical usage data.

Water Demand Measures

When Sturgeon County’s water reservoirs drop to a level that threatens essential functions like firefighting, the County will introduce Water Demand Measures.

Water Demand Measures have three levels: Water Demand Measure A, B, or C. Please visit the Conservation webpage to find out what you need to do for each Water Demand Measure.

What can you do?

From fixing leaky faucets to using a broom instead of a hose, you’ll find more tips on our Conservation webpage.

A fire advisory is in effect for Sturgeon County due to high temperatures and lack of precipitation.

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