Canada Water Week takes place March 20-27

Canada Water Week takes place March 20-27

Learn about water and how you can curb your consumption

Do you know where our water comes from and how to use it responsibly? From March 20-27, join us as we celebrate Canada Water Week External and learn how making small changes in your day-to-day life can make a big difference when it comes to water conservation.

Where our water comes from

Spruce Grove gets its water from the North Saskatchewan River, which is fed by the Columbia Icefield. Epcor draws the water from the river for treatment. It is then pumped through a regional line that serves Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County.

How to use it responsibly

In Spruce Grove, residential water consumption accounts for 72 per cent of all water consumed. Of that, bathrooms account for 65 per cent of water usage.

Consider for a moment your own water footprint - that is the total amount of water you use or consume, directly or indirectly, on a daily basis. It is essential to our survival and we rely on it for many of our daily activities, like taking a shower, preparing a meal or watering the lawn.

In fact, the average Spruce Grove resident consumes 177 litres of water each day. For a family of four, that's about 258,420 litres of water per year, which is more than it would take to fill the pool at the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre. That may sound like a lot, but there are a number of small changes you can implement in your daily routine that will make a big difference in reducing the amount of water you consume.

  • Take a shower instead of a bath. This small change can save up to 70 litres of water per shower.
  • Install low flow appliances and fixtures to save thousands of litres of water, and hundreds of dollars on your utility bill, each year. For example, a low flow faucet in your kitchen can save up to 103,551 litres of water per year, and a low flow toilet can save up to 67,747 litres of water per year.
  • Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face. A typical family of four can save more than 26,000 litres of water each year by turning off the tap while they brush their teeth.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry, and be sure to match water and temperature settings with the type and amount of wash you are doing.
  • The City's peak usage is tied closely to the weather and outdoor watering. Your grass only needs 2.5 cm of water each week. To make it simple, turn a flying disk (or tuna can) upside down while watering your lawn. Once it's full, you're done for the week.
  • Outdoor watering is most effective in the early morning or evening because less water evaporates at these times than in the heat of the day.
  • Rain barrels reduce storm runoff and let you reduce the amount of treated water used in your yard.

For more water conservation tips.