Every drop counts. City calls on Calgarians to use water wisely.

As we mark the first day of spring, the seasonal forecast for Calgary and southern Alberta is calling for above-normal temperatures in the months ahead, prompting The City to ask residents and businesses to reduce their water use amid ongoing drought concerns.

“It’s critical that we work together to do our part and incorporate water conservation into our daily routines this year,” says Mayor Gondek. “Over the last 20 years, Calgarians have steadily reduced their water use. In fact, we’re taking less water from the river than we did in 2003 while serving a population that has grown by half a million. It’s in Calgarians’ nature to answer the call when an emergent situation arises, and I know this year will be no different.”

In response, City operations are taking extra steps to conserve water this spring. Calgarians can expect City vehicles to look less sparkly clean, park spaces might be less green and many display fountains will be taking a break to make every drop count. Where outdoor water use is still needed, The City is being wise about how it is used. This includes reusing stormwater to water some golf courses, park spaces and flower baskets, and using efficient irrigation systems that use up to 30 per cent less water to keep sports turf intact.

The City is also kicking off a ‘Together we can make every drop count’ campaign this April, providing Calgarians with simple ways they can conserve water and use it wisely at home, in their yards and at their businesses. Not only will these actions save water, but it will also help them save money on their water bills.

Everyday changes to routines can add up. Taking shorter showers, washing only full loads in your dishwasher or washing machine and turning off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving can save the average household hundreds of litres per month and collectively more than three million litres.

As Calgarians look ahead to spring, they can prepare their yard for dry conditions and potential water restrictions by installing a rain barrel, adding mulch to their gardens to reduce evaporation and making sure that downspouts are either pointed into their rain barrel or towards their garden. Business owners also have opportunities to save water and expenses by reviewing their operations, identifying and fixing leaks and increasing water use awareness with their employees.

“The long-term forecast predicts warmer than average temperatures this spring, which may increase pressure on our water supply if we’re not mindful about how much water we’re using,” explains Nicole Newton, Manager of Natural Environment and Adaptation. “If dry conditions persist, outdoor water restrictions may be in place as early as May 1 to ensure there is enough water to meet Calgary’s essential needs including water for drinking and fighting fires, as well as to support our neighbours and river health.”

The City will continue to monitor conditions in the watershed including snowpack, river flows and reservoirs, upcoming forecasts, projected water demand and other indicators to inform what actions Calgary needs to take. An update on drought conditions and The City’s response will be provided in late April.

For more information on drought and what you can do to conserve water, visit