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City Council approves proactive measures to address low water levels

City Council has unanimously passed a resolution to continue proactive steps in addressing water supply concerns and implementing strategic solutions to combat water scarcity. The action is in response to persistent drought conditions in southern Alberta, resulting in below-normal levels in every reservoir.

Acting Mayor, John Middleton-Hope, brought forward an Official Business Motion (OBM) at the January 23 meeting of Council. The OBM directs the City Manager to undertake four measures involving water conservation:

  • Continue collaborative efforts with the province and regional partners on proactive measures to address water supply concerns;
  • Examine best practices to determine constructive approaches most likely to yield success for Lethbridge and the surrounding districts;
  • Explore programs to incentivize water conservation for consideration at the April 11, 2024 Economic and Finance Standing Policy Committee; and
  • Provide monthly updates to the Assets & Infrastructure Standing Policy Committee, beginning February 1, 2024, on the status of drought and water-supply conditions and the progress of the Water Conservation initiatives.

“The City of Lethbridge remains committed to addressing the challenges posed by the ongoing drought conditions,” says Middleton-Hope. “These proactive measures are essential to ensuring a sustainable and resilient water supply for the community and our regional partners, both now and into the future".

The City is also proactively developing a Water Conservation Plan (WCP) which aims to instigate long-term behavioral changes in water usage. Residents and businesses/organizations are encouraged to complete the online Water Conservation Plan Survey between January 23 – February 7.

The survey collects feedback on current water conservation practices and possible initiatives. Feedback collected from community engagement will be analyzed and help inform the WCP, which will be presented to the Assets and Infrastructure Standing Policy Committee on April 4, 2024.

“We know there may be some challenging days ahead,” says Mayor Blaine Hyggen. “By working proactively and collaboratively, we are ensuring the best possible outcomes for Lethbridge and our regional water partners. We also want to thank residents for continuing their voluntary efforts to conserve water.”

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