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World Water Day

The City of Lethbridge is joining municipalities worldwide in recognizing World Water Day. Beginning in 1993, the day is held on March 22 every year and focuses on the importance of freshwater. In an effort to highlight the importance of this resource, the City is updating residents on current water initiatives.

Water Conservation Plan

The City is in the final stages of preparing the Water Conservation Plan and Strategy (WCPAS). The plan includes an update to the Water Rationing Action Plan. The WCPAS will inform on short-term and long-range planning, including strategies to combat water scarcity. The document will be presented to the Economic and Finance Standing Policy Committee on April 11. The high level of community engagement in water conservation is evident. Nearly 4,000 responses were received for the WCPAS survey. This marks a record high for participation on the Get Involved Lethbridge website.

The WCPAS will also speak to water availability in our region. Southern Alberta reservoir levels are currently well below normal. The province updates water storage volumes in the Oldman, St. Mary and Waterton reservoirs each weekday.

Conservation Education
The City commits to providing ongoing education for residents. Water Wednesday will debut on the city’s website on April 3, 2024. The weekly series will provide information, tips and expert analysis on all things ‘water’ in southern Alberta. As a sneak peek, this video explains one of the worst (and most expensive!) water waste offenders in the average home: a leaky toilet! Residents can subscribe to receive the Water Wednesday series via email.

Water Meter Upgrade Program
The City is working to replace outdated water meters with more efficient technology. The three-year Water Meter Upgrade Program aims to upgrade meters in approximately 10,000 households. The new meters provide many benefits including:

  • Streamlined information collection.
  • Accurate and predictable billing.
  • Remote meter readings.

The replacement process is free of charge.

Digital Water Licences
The city’s water licence has moved to the provincial Digital Regulatory Assurance System (DRAS). The online tool is designed to speed up drought response. It will help the province understand how much water is available during a severe drought. It will also allow water managers and users make important decisions for managing drought conditions.

For Public Inquiries:
Call 311 | Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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