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Water Efficiency & Conservation

Comprehensive management of a municipality’s water supply is fundamental to the sustainability and resiliency of a community.  While the implementation of the regional water pipeline provides the Town of Okotoks with a secure long term supplementary potable water supply, it is essential that Okotoks continues to manage all of its water sources in an environmentally, ethically and fiscally responsible way.

Water conservation and efficiency planning refers to the identification, implementation, and evaluation of actions intended to manage water demand, reduce consumption and improve the efficiency of water use. This plan contains a series of tools and strategies to help ensure the effective and efficient collection, treatment, distribution and sustainable end-use (productivity) of the Town’s potable water supply.

Through partnerships and collaborations with the Provincial Government, surrounding municipalities and the local development and building industry, the Town of Okotoks is committed to pursuing the most innovative water conservation and efficiency tools, practices and programs available. Through the successful implementation and ongoing evaluation of the Water CEP Plan, it is envisioned that Okotoks can continue to grow and prosper, while maintaining ecological balance with the local environment and regional water resources.

The Town of Okotoks is a leader in sustainable water management, achieving one of the lowest per capita gross water consumption rates in North America. By way of the tools defined within the CEP Plan, the Town of Okotoks aims to continue to be a leader in this realm, with a 2014 goal to maintain community water consumption at less than 285 litres per capita per day (lpcd) and achieve a target of 275 lpcd or less by 2017.

The Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity (CEP) Plan

Plan Overview

The Water CEP Plan is an updated, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) aligned, iteration of the past Town of Okotoks Water Management Plan (2002 – 2011). Under the AUMA Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Plan, the following are defined:

  • Water conservation: Any beneficial reduction in water use, loss, or waste. Water management practices that improve the use of water resources to benefit people or the environment.
  • Water efficiency: Accomplishment of a function, task, process, or result with the minimal amount of water feasible. An indicator of the relationship between the amount of water needed for a particular purpose and the quantity of water used or diverted.
  • Water productivity: the amount of water that is required to produce a unit of any good, service, or societal value.

Through the Plan the Town of Okotoks defines specific “supply-side and demand-management” tools” which will assist the community in managing its waterworks infrastructure, from source to end-use, in a sustainable manner. The five “supply-side and demand-management” tools” are:

  • Regulatory Tools
  • Financial Tools
  • Utility Infrastructure and Operation Tools
  • Education & Outreach
  • Partnerships & Collaborations

The intent of water conservation and efficiency tools is to reduce annual average and peak (month, daily, hourly) water demand and consumption. The resulting benefits of the CEP will include but not be limited to: extending the useful life of our current waterworks infrastructure, deferring the need for constructing new works, achieving savings in capital and operating costs, maintaining and improving on the environmental state of our watershed and lastly preserving our irreplaceable and invaluable water source for future generations.

For more detailed information please review the full 2014 Water CEP Plan.

The Water CEP Plan's Targets

The short-term targets of the Water CEP Plan are:

  • Maintain a community wide gross water consumption target of 285 litres per capita per day or less (note: targets are achieved and updated when the target is reached on average for a minimum of three years to ensure annual seasonal variability is allowed for)
  • Achieve a community wide gross water consumption target of 275 lpcd or less by 2017
  • Develop a residential per capita per day consumption target for 2015
  • Strive to continuously reduce our gross water consumption rate while increasing in population
  • Provide Council with an annual update of the progress of the Plan’s implementation strategies
  • Achieve a waterworks leak rate of 5% or less
  • Reduce rate for energy consumed per mega litre of drinking water supplied 
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