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Redcliff council prepares stage one water conservation measures in response to heightened drought potential

Posted on April 4, 2024 by Ryan Dahlman

By Brylan Span

In light of concerns raised by Alberta Environment and Protected Services regarding the increased risk of drought in the coming spring and summer months, Redcliff town council received a staff report for information, to address water conservation measures crucial for the community’s well-being.

Since the initial notification from Alberta Environment on January 8th, 2024, both the Council and Administration have been diligently preparing to mitigate potential water shortages. Extensive reviews of the Town’s Water Shortage Response Plan and Water Conservation and Restrictions Bylaw have been conducted, with upcoming amendments under consideration by the Council.

The Operations Department, led by Alyshia Neuman, Operations Director, has been actively monitoring river levels and developing strategic plans to ensure a consistent water supply for residents and businesses. On March 18th, 2024, a notification was issued to all water users urging vigilance in water usage, with further announcements of impending water restrictions.

A subsequent letter, released on March 26th, 2024, will specifically address high water consumers, advising them to prepare internal procedures for potential shortages. Plans are underway to implement Stage One of the Water Conservation Bylaw as early as the first week of April to enlist community-wide participation in conservation efforts.

The likelihood of advancing to Stage Two measures in May remains contingent upon water demand and river levels.On the operations side of things, measures are in place to maintain ponds and storage reservoirs at optimal capacities, with daily monitoring of river intake levels and scheduled supervisor meetings to oversee irrigation practices aligned with the Water Shortage Response Plan.

Internal staff training sessions, including updates for the Environmental Protection Officer, have been conducted to ensure alignment with regulatory bylaws and operational protocols.

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