Level 3 Water Restriction
MD of Pincher Creek Residents and Business Owners;
The MD entered a mandatory Stage 3 - Extreme water restriction yesterday (August 16th). These water restrictions are in effect immediately.
At this time we are asking both businesses and residents to voluntarily restrict usage beyond Stage 3 restrictions as much as feasible to avoid Stage 4 restrictions. Residents, businesses, and institutions are asked to take whatever actions they can – big or small – to conserve water. Every drop matters and everyone has a role to play in helping conserve water in their community.
The MD has two (2) intakes, both in the bed of the Oldman dam reservoir. Quickly dropping levels of the reservoir relative to our intakes along with other unexpected factors caused the MD to move immediately into Stage 3 restriction yesterday. The Alberta Government maintains control of the Oldman Dam reservoir along with water diversion licenses and the MD has been in regular contact with them to ensure drinking water is maintained for MD potable water users (Lundbreck, Cowley, Beaver Mines, Castle Mountain).
At this time, the MD is maintaining our water supply with Alberta Government approval by trucking water. If the situation deteriorates further, the MD will need to implement the most critical stage of restrictions (Stage 4), which limits potable water usage to essential use only, such as sanitary and clean drinking water (no commercial usage).
Stage 3 restrictions are mandatory.
Additional ways to conserve water can include:
Limiting all outdoor uses including watering lawns and washing cars
Do not run the tap unnecessarily. Consider reusing water where possible
Minimize shower time and bath levels
Use the washer and dishwasher only when necessary
Flush toilets only when necessary
Brainstorm ideas within your own businesses, institutions or work areas to see where other conservation efforts might make sense
The MD asks residents and business to please inform neighbours and keep an eye on our website and socials for further updates.
The Alberta government and MD continues to monitor the situation watching precipitation levels, reservoirs and lake levels, stream flow rates in rivers and water demand. They continue to work closely with municipal governments to help manage and conserve water where possible.
More information is available here: Drought | Alberta.ca