Water wisely

Water wisely

Increased demand on water supply can lead to shortages

In Alberta, the increased demand for water during the summer months can lead to shortages. If the demand on this precious resource exceeds the available supply, water restrictions may be put in place. Extremely dry, hot weather can put a strain on our water supply. It is important that everyone does their part to conserve water during the summer months.


Here are some tips to help you use water wisely in your yard this summer:

  • Water during the coolest parts of the day such as early in the morning or later in the evening.
  • Choose a sprinkler that best suits the area you are watering. Do not water the sidewalks and driveway. Low angle or pulsating sprinklers are better than sprinklers that go high into the air.
  • Don't over water your lawn. Your lawn only needs 2.5 cm of water a week, about as much as it takes to fill a Frisbee® or tuna can. More than 50% of the water applied to lawns and gardens is lost due to evaporation, or run-off because of overwatering (Source Environment Canada).
  • Water trees and shrubs with a soaker hose to target their root system. Once established, these need less water.
  • Watering once a week produces a healthy root system which makes your lawn more resistant to drought.
  • Avoid watering on windy and/or particularly hot days.
  • Use automatic timers on sprinklers.
  • Ensure your hose and sprinkler are working correctly and free of leaks.
  • Set your mower blade high (6 cm) and your lawn will require less water.
  • Leave clippings on the lawn to help insulate the roots and reduce evaporation.
  • Weed regularly to remove plants that compete for water and nutrients.
  • Limit fertilizer use - it increases the demand for water.
  • Water flowers and plants with a watering can instead of a hose.

For more information, please visit our Water Conservation section.