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 is MODERATE for the Grande Prairie Forest Area.
With current and expected forecast for frequent showers, cool temperatures, light winds and high humidity’s through the weekend and early next week, the Fire Advisory for the Grande Prairie Forest Area is lifted effective 16:00 October 11, 2023.
Wildfire Situation | October 10, 2023 - 3:30 p.m.
Since March 1, 2023 there have been 74 wildfires burning over 141,417 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. The southern half of the Grande Prairie Forest Area received heavy precipitation overnight and today while areas in the northern section of the forest have not received any significant rainfall and remain very dry. Please be careful when recreating in these areas and with fire of any kind.
Due to wildfire activity in Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, smoky conditions may occur. Visit www.firesmoke.ca to see where the smoke is coming from. Anyone with health concerns should visit Alberta Health Services or call 811 for health advice from Alberta Health Link.
Fire Bans, Restrictions and Advisories as well as Off-Highway Vehicle restrictions are in effect throughout several parts of Alberta. Before you head out into a forested area check AlbertaFireBans.ca to see a detailed map.
Before you burn it, get a fire permit. Until October 31st, fire permits are required for any type of burning in the Forest Protection Area (FPA). The only exception is for a cooking or warming campfire. Fire permits help us to track what is burning on the landscape. If you're burning without a fire permit or outside fire permit conditions, your fire is considered a wildfire. Anyone living outside the FPA can contact their municipality for information about local fire permit requirements.
Albertans living or working in the Forest Protection Area of the province can request a free fire permit by contacting your local forestry office or using the new, convenient online Fire Permit Portal.
County West / Grovedale - (780) 814-1648
Spirit River - (780) 814-1983
Valleyview - (780) 524-6576
For more information regarding fire permits, you can view our video by clicking here.
Download the Alberta Wildfire app today and get access to real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on reporting wildfire, fire bans and fire updates across the province and much more all on your mobile device.