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Outdoor Water Use and Restrictions

The Town is currently at the Normal Water Use Level, or twice a week watering, for outdoor water restrictions.

Protecting a Valuable Resource

With the threat of drought conditions and water shortages across parts of Alberta, High River’s Town Council has approved a new Outdoor Water Use and Restriction Bylaw.

The bylaw encourages the wise use of water, and outlines High River’s water use and restrictions, to ensure we build resilience to the impacts of the changing climate. It encourages residents to use water wisely and sets out clear water use and restrictions. It also outlines penalties for not following the rules in place to protect our water resources.

“High River is fortunate with access to a great supply of water. Having a long-term water strategy is one of Council’s strategic priorities. With multiple water shortages across Alberta, the province is one stage away from declaring a provincial water shortage emergency. It’s critical that we work together to protect our water supply now and for the future.

High River is already seen as a leader in flood mitigation. We can lead the way in conserving water too, however it is essential that everyone – residents and businesses alike – do their part. Don’t focus only on what the bylaw tells us to do. We each need to take steps to do more, to be accountable for our water use every day." Mayor Craig Snodgrass

The information below represents the different levels of outdoor watering restrictions as defined in the bylaw. The Town determines our current outdoor water restriction level based on various factors. These include the condition of the aquifers and wells used by the community, ensuring sufficient water reserves for firefighting purposes, environmental sustainability and resource protection, adherence to water quality standards, and infrastructure capabilities.

New Lawn Permits

All residents must comply with the Town’s Outdoor Water Use and Restriction Bylaw unless they have been granted a special exception. Permits to allow watering of new lawns can be printed and dropped off at the Town Office (309B Macleod Trail S.W.) for processing. Download a new lawn watering permit.

Outdoor Water Use Schedule

According to the bylaw, there are four outdoor water use restriction levels:

  • Normal Water Use: Twice a week watering
  • Level 1 Water Use Restriction: Once a week watering
  • Level 2 Water Use Restriction: Hand watering only
  • Level 3 Water Use Restriction: No watering

For information on watering days and details on activities that are restricted at each level, see below or . Additional information is also available in our

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