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.
The wildfire danger for the Grande Prairie Forest Area is now VERY HIGH.
At this time, there is one active wildfire in the Grande Prairie Forest Area, it is listed as Under Control (UC).
Since March 1, 2021 there have been 89 wildfires burning nearly 130 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. For a map and more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
Do your part to prevent wildfire, know the fire danger before starting work each day, check local fire restrictions and adjust or postpone operations as necessary. Always check for a buildup of combustible residue around the engine and exhaust system.
Report a wildfire call 310-FIRE (3473) or #FIRE on your cell phone.
For the most up to date information on advisories, restrictions and bans in your area.Visit Alberta Fire Bans
From March 1st until October 31st, fire permits are required for any burning except campfires in the Forest Protection Area (FPA). If you live within the FPA, please contact your local forestry office. Anyone living outside the FPA can contact their municipality for information about local fire permit requirements.
County West / Grovedale - (780) 814-1648
Spirit River – (780) 814-1983
Valleyview – (780) 524-6576
On-going drought has led to early curing of fine fuels and the deep drying of the larger logs and downed timber. Firefighters urge off-highway vehicle, heavy equipment and agricultural operators to be cautious in these dry conditions, as they could unintentionally spark a fire.