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Quick Tips: Water Conservation

Whether you are asked to conserve water because of a watermain break, water rationing, spring runoff, some other occurrence, or you generally just want to reduce your water use, this page can help you with tips!

NOTE: If your water smells different or tastes different, do not worry! This can be due to work being done in your neighbourhood or, if it is spring time, it can be due to spring runoff! Check the spring runoff page for more information. This is OK, and your water is safe for use, unless you are informed otherwise.

Some ways you can reduce your water use immediately:


Other ways to reduce water use include:

  • Limiting all outdoor uses including watering lawns and washing cars
  • Restrict water usage to essential uses only such as cooking.
  • Hand wash essential clothing items if needed.
  • Do not run the tap unnecessarily.  Consider reusing water where possible
    • Instead of letting the water pour down the drain while you wait for your shower water to heat up, stick a bucket under the faucet. You can use the water for flushing the toilet or watering your plants.
    • Consider alternatives to showering, including body washing with a small bucket of water, bar of soap and a cloth
    • Turn off the tap while you're washing your hands
    • Wash dishes in a sink of water, or use the dishwasher only when full
  • Re-use your pasta cooking liquidInstead of dumping that water down the drain, try draining your pasta water into a large pot. Once it cools, you can use it to water your plants. Just make sure you wait, because if you dump that boiling water on your plants, you might harm them.
  • Flush toilets only when necessary
    • If it’s yellow, let it mellow. This tip might not be for everyone, but the toilet is one of the most water-intensive fixtures in the house. Do you need to flush every time?
  • Brainstorming other ideas that make sense to you, within your:
    • businesses
    • institutions
    • work areas
    • homes 




Are you a Business in Lethbridge?

Consider using the following framework for guidance to reduce water use.


Click here to find out more information about water rationing, and to find the full detailed Water Rationing Action Plan.

 Is it SPRING TIME? We may be experiencing spring runoff!



 Looking for longer term water saving opportunities?

 Refer to our:

Indoor water conservation page

Outdoor water conservation page



Who should be conserving water?

Answer: If voluntary water conservation is requested, we ask that all Lethbridge water users do what they can to conserve water. It is anticipated that the need for water conservation will be short, and therefore ask that everyone pitch in, including residential, commercial, and institutional settings. You can also reduce your water use year round, saving money on your water bill!

What are some ways that I can conserve water?

Answer: All Lethbridge water users can reduce water usage and conserve by looking for areas within your business or household where you can reduce water use. Some actions can include: flushing the toilet only when necessary, not running the water, limiting showers (or reduce shower time in half), etc.  See the "looking for other water saving opportunities" section above.

How do I know if my water is safe to drink? (what if it has a different smell and/or taste?)

Answer: It is always safe to drink unless the City of Lethbridge notifies the community of a Boil Water Order, or another health warning.


For more information

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