By Anna Smith
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
In response to continued dry conditions, Cypress County has moved into stage one of its Drought Management Plan starting Monday, Aug. 28.
There is currently reduced flow in the South Saskatchewan River, said the County, and the decision has been made in concert with a similar decision by the City of Medicine Hat, which will enact Phase 1 of its Water Shortage Management Plan on Aug. 28 as well.
“We all know it’s been a difficult season, and now we need to work together to ensure these water shortages don’t get worse,” says Director of Public Works Ken Jacobs in a press release. “I know Cypress County businesses and residents can do our part.”
“Residents are urged to conserve water to avoid further restrictions. This could include watering lawns less frequently, shutting off water features, only running laundry machines or dishwashers with full loads, and taking shorter showers,” said the County.
The county will also be doing their part, with green spaces and parks being watered less frequently, emergency services abstaining from water use for training purposes, and no sewer flushing operations.
Should conditions not improve, the County could move into Stage Two, which would include mandatory restrictions.
Residents are encouraged to seek more information on the county website.