7 easy ways to conserve water in a drought

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Calgary is experiencing drought conditions. Another unusually warm winter has resulted in below-average snowpack in the mountains. Rivers are running low, and it looks like we’re headed for another hot and dry summer.  

Experts say these trends point to a fundamental environmental shift caused by climate change. That means it’s critical for Calgary to have a plan for how to manage our water moving forward. 



Fortunately, the City of Calgary is taking action. Calgary’s Integrated Water Security Roadmap and Water Reuse Assessment Project will support and guide Calgary’s long-term decision making and investments in water security and water reuse through the year 2100. 

But what can Calgarians do to mitigate drought conditions right now? The City of Calgary says that mandatory water restrictions could be in place as early as May. That means it’s time for all of us to start taking action. 

Together, let’s keep Calgary’s water supply healthy and reliable. Here are 7 easy ways you can help conserve Calgary’s water supply.


1.  Turn off the tap


Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing dishes by hand. Limiting the amount of time your faucet is running can save gallons of water each day.


2. Take shorter showers


Cutting shower time by just a few minutes can save gallons of water per shower and lead to substantial savings over time.


3. Use your dishwasher efficiently


Wait until the dishwasher is full before running it. Select the shortest appropriate cycle and avoid pre-rinsing dishes to conserve water.


4. Opt for full loads


Wait until you have a full load of laundry before using your washing machine. Choose the appropriate water level settings for your load size to minimize water waste.


5. Install water-saving fixtures


When replacing old, inefficient fixtures, choose water-saving alternatives. Water-saving fixtures can significantly reduce water consumption while still providing adequate flow for daily tasks. 


6. Collect rainwater


Set up a rain barrel to collect rainwater for outdoor use. Use rainwater to water plants, gardens, and lawns instead of relying on municipal water sources. This not only conserves water but also helps nourish your landscaping naturally. You can buy a rain barrel from Green Calgary here


7. Water wisely


Practice mindful watering habits in your garden and yard. Water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation. Use mulch in your garden beds to retain moisture and reduce the need for frequent watering.


Together, let’s make every drop count!

By using our water wisely, we can mitigate the impacts of drought and help ensure there is enough water for all Calgarians. Not only that, reducing water consumption reduces your utility bills. 

These water-saving measures really do work. According to Mayor Jyoti Gondek, Calgarians stepped up to conserve water during the heatwave last summer and saved as much as 1.5 billion litres. 

As long as drought conditions persist, be aware that the City of Calgary could start restricting outdoor water use as early as May. By using the tips listed above, we can help our communities stay ahead of water shortages and keep our city sustainable. 

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