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Outdoor Watering Schedule in Effect

May 1, 2020

The Town of Okotoks' outdoor watering schedule is in effect annually from May 1 - October 31.

The Town appreciates the measures residents take each year to lower water use during the peak demand periods in summer months. Our community’s demand for water typically increases by 30% during the summer months when the Sheep River basin provides the least resources.

Managing our water resources wisely, with your help, is important so our community can rely on our water system for many years to come. Like many municipalities across Canada, Okotoks has an outdoor water schedule to help us manage water supply levels, and it’s part of our community commitment to practice responsible water use.

How the schedule works:

  • Odd numbered addresses may water lawns: Thursdays and/or Sundays
  • Even numbered addresses may water lawns: Wednesdays and/or Saturdays

Each address has a three-hour watering period to utilize what is most convenient for you:

  • the early morning schedule is from 6 to 9 a.m., or
  • the evening schedule is from 7 to 10 p.m.  
  • Properties with automated irrigation systems need to set timers to water between 2 and 5 a.m. on permitted days. 

Hand watering with a watering container, or a hose with a spring-loaded trigger spray nozzle, may be done at any time, any day of the week, to water flower beds and vegetable gardens or for newly planted trees or shrubs until they are established.

While our licensed water supply is sufficient to meet community needs, water demand on hot summer days can exceed the amount of water the treatment plant can clean and process in one day. The outdoor water schedule functions to balance the water reserves available to meet the community’s daily needs.

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