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Water Conservation

What does water conservation mean?

Water conservation, as defined by the Alberta Water Council, is:

  • Any beneficial reduction in water use, loss or waste.

  • Water management practices that improve the use of water resources to benefit people or the environment. 

  • Water conservation can be reached through education, awareness, and the use of best practices.

Why is water conservation important?

Water is not only a resource, it is a life source. We all share the responsibility to ensure a healthy, secure and sustainable water supply for our communities, environment and economy (AB Government, Water for Life Strategy).


Take Action: Conserving Water

How much water do I use?

You can use your water bill to discover how much water you currently use in your home or business.

Find the steps here.


Ways to conserve water in your home, community, and workplace

On a large scale, it may seem like we have a lot of water to use. What happens when this supply runs out? There are many ways that we can reduce our water use within our own homes and yards. See some ways below!

  • Low Flush Toilets and Low Flow Showerheads

  • Reduce/replace dripping taps and pipes

  • Limit showers to 3-4 minutes

  • Full dishwasher and washer when a load is done

  • Reuse rainwater with rain barrels for your garden, lawn, and birds! These may be available at any local hardware store.

​​​​​There multiple other ways to conserve water, indoors and outdoors. Click on th elinks below to find out more!


                         Outdoor water conservation​​​                                             Indoor water conservation​

Check out water saving tips from Team Coco in California! Alberta Water Portal shared this because although Albertans are not the intended audience, conserving water should be a priority, no matter where you are. The videos are also quite funny! Check them our here!


How much water do you use compared to your neighbourhood average?

Compare your Summer Water Bill to your neighbourhood average.  

Programs in Lethbridge to promote stormwater​ ​conservation

The City of Lethbridge has partnered with the Old​man Watershed Council ​Prairie Urban Garden P​​​roject ​(PUG)​, who provide advice on native plants and landscaping opportunities that reduce the amount of water, while still maintaining a beautiful, enjoyable yard.​


The Yellow Fish Road Program helps to create awareness about storm drain pollution and how the community can help to conserve the quality of the Oldman River.



The Adopt-A-Stormdrain program allows community members to adopt a stormdrain near their home, business or school. The goal is to keep the stormdrain clean of debris, so storm3water can keep flowing, and so we can keep pollution out of our stormdrains. 

The Gutter Buddy Program  encourages residents to keep their storm drains and gutters free of debris. Become a part of the clean up crew today! ​


For more information on water conservation, visit:


For more information

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

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