The City of Calgary is encouraging Calgarians to pledge: “Do Nothing to Save Water.”
“In many cases, it’s what we are not doing that counts the most when it comes to water conservation,” says Stuart Peters, with The City’s Residential Programs in Water. “A healthy yard only needs one inch of water per week, including rainfall.
“There are lots of times when we don’t actually need to water our lawns, like during rainy periods or during the hottest time of the day when it evaporates before hitting the roots.”
Outdoor watering can result in a 50 per cent increase in demand for water; this puts a huge strain on our rivers and water treatment plants.
When you pledge to Do Nothing to Save Water you don’t need to water your lawn when:
- It’s raining, has recently rained or when it is forecasted to rain.
- During the hottest time of the day (between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.).
- When it’s windy.
“We have a Water Efficiency Plan and have set the goal of reducing water consumption by 30 per cent in 30 years,” says Peters. “We are constantly looking for ways to cut back on water usage in our parks - checking and fixing leaks and working with industry to support best practices in water management.”
Visit www.calgary.ca/rethinkwater or the Facebook page to take the pledge and to learn more about water conservation.