Water Restrictions FAQ

Have you ever stopped to think about where your water comes from and how plentiful it is?

It's easy to be complacent about water usage when it seems to be so readily available, and for most of the year, water systems in the capital region have no trouble supplying water to meet normal needs.

However, there are situations when water supplies can be affected and residents may be asked to take special precautions to prevent a critical shortage.

All of the municipalities in the greater Edmonton area share a common source of water. If you hear that Edmonton has implemented a water restriction or ban, or lifted a water restriction or ban, you should assume that it also applies to Spruce Grove. Check the City's website regularly to find out if you are affected, and how you can help conserve water during a restriction or ban.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why are water bans necessary?

Water usage typically rises in the summer months, mostly because of lawn and garden watering. When there is hot, dry weather, or a situation that impacts the rate of potable water production, this can create more demand than supply.

Water bans give our reservoirs and water treatment plans an opportunity to recover so that there is sufficient supply to meet essential requirements like firefighting and drinking water.

How long will a water ban last?

The situation is reviewed on a daily basis and the ban may be relaxed or lifted when reservoir levels or potable water production is projected to remain in an acceptable range.

How can I help save water if a ban is implemented?

If a water ban is implemented in the capital region, you will be asked to limit the amount of water you use for non-essential purposes, like watering your lawn or washing your car. Learn how you can help conserve water year round.

What will happen to my lawn if I don't water it?

Healthy, established lawns will go dormant during dry spells, and may turn brown, but will regenerate once the dry spell is over. An excellent way to reduce water consumption is to use water from a rain barrel for your garden.

What about businesses that use large amounts of water?

Businesses are required to limit their water usage, but those who main business is related to water (i.e. car washes) are usually exempt from a ban. To date, water bans have not negatively affected businesses in Spruce Grove.

Should I be worried about the availability of drinking water?

An effective water ban is designed to prevent drinking water shortages; however, its success depends on the cooperation of water consumers. If residents comply with a water ban voluntarily to the best of their ability, drinking water supplies will not be affected.

Does a ban affect things like laundry, showers and washing dishes?

Water bans usually target non-essential uses, but residents are always encouraged to monitor their water usage and follow good conservation practices. Learn how you can help conserve water year round.

How will I know when a water ban has been lifted?

Check the City's website regularly for the latest information about water bans. If you hear that Edmonton has lifted its water ban, you should assume that this also applies to Spruce Grove.