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 fire danger is now LOW for the Grande Prairie Forest Area. Lightning-related fires are more common in August during the late afternoon. If you spot a wildfire call 310-FIRE.
GRANDE PRAIRIE FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE | August 21, 2020 AT 9:30 a.m.
Since March 1, there have been 38 wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area, burning more than 22 hectares. For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visitwildfirestatus.alberta.ca
BEFORE YOU BURN IT, GET YOUR PERMIT
Do not burn during windy conditions. You must evaluate theweatherat your specific location and follow the conditions on your permit. You are responsible if a fire escapes the burn permit area. Extinguish all fire before the permit expires. Contact your local fire guardian or an Agriculture and Forestry office for a permit.
Spirit River (780) 814 1983
Valleyview (780) 524 6576
County West (780) 814 1648
Thank you for doing your part to prevent wildfires. If you spot a wildfire call 310-FIRE.