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​Water is the water which comes from the Oldman River, is treated at the Water Treatment Plant, and is then distributed to homes and businesses within Lethbridge and surrounding communities.

Wastewater is water which is used in our homes and businesses, through areas of the house such as the shower, toilets and faucets. This water leaves our homes and businesses and enters the sewer systems, where it travels to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, is treated, and is then sent back to the Oldman River.

Stormwater is the water which is used outside of our homes and businesses, such as the water used for irrigation. This water enters stormdrains, which lead directly to the Oldman River. This water is untreated. The water enters Storm Ponds throughout the city, which helps to clean the water on its way to the Oldman River.

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Programs

Yellow Fish Road Program: Paint yellow fish by storm drains to remind the community that "Rainwater Only" should be entering our storm drains, which lead directly to the Oldman River,

Adopt-A-StormDrain: Adopt a storm drain and keep it clean year round, protecting our freshwater, keeping the Oldman River safe and clean.

Nature Centre Volunteer Opportunities: including Coulee Clean Ups, Shoreline Clean Ups, Weed Pulls, and more!

Caring for our Watersheds: The CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS program asks students to submit a proposal that answers the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed?” Students must research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and draft a written proposal containing one realistic solution. Community judges select the top entries to compete at a final, verbal competition for cash prizes.

Alberta Science Network: We bring science to life for kids through hands-on activities and provide educators with tools and resources to get kids excited about science.

Community Environmental Organizations

Oldman Watershed Council​​​

Environment Lethbridge

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If you have ever wondered how the water gets to and from your house, you are in the right place! Learn more about where our water comes from, where it goes, and the processes to clean it.

Water Treatment Plant

Wastewater Treatment Plant (3.5 min)

Wastewater Treatment Plant (9min)

The Science of Wastewater

Kids and Water Management

Where is your Watershed?

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Lesson Plans and Educational Materials

Storm Water Lesson Plan

Bottled Water, Tapped Out Lesson Plan

Water Conservation Package

More Lesson Plans   

Down the Drain: A collaborative project will allow students to share information about water usage with other students from around the country and the world

Xeriscaping

City of Lethbridge Xeriscape Guide

Helen Schuler Nature Centre

Elizabeth Hall Wetlands: This preservation area of 32 hectares is tucked away alongside the Oldman River. A dipping dock can be found on the north east corner of the pond and there is interpretive signage around the 22km pedestrian trail.

Other Community and Alberta Resources

Caring for our Watersheds: The CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS program asks students to submit a proposal that answers the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed?” Students must research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and draft a written proposal containing one realistic solution. Community judges select the top entries to compete at a final, verbal competition for cash prizes.

Alberta Science Network: We bring science to life for kids through hands-on activities and provide educators with tools and resources to get kids excited about science.

Water For Life

Alberta Water Council

Other Resources to Consider

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For more information

Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)
Online: Submit a service request