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Think outside the sink for World Water Day

March 18, 2016 10:14 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Celebrate World Water Day on Tuesday, March 22 by introducing easy water conservation techniques into your own home.

The City of Red Deer recognizes World Water Day as part of its effort to meet goals set out in the Environmental Master Plan to minimize our potable water use and to improve the quality of our water resources. A Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Plan is currently in development with updated targets and details about City initiatives aiming to reduce water usage.

Locally, residents can celebrate World Water Day with some water saving tips and initiatives:

  • Check your toilets and faucets for leaks. Put five or six drops of food colouring in the toilet tank. If, without flushing, the colour begins to appear in the toilet bowl within 30 minutes, a leak exists.
  • Instead of running water from the tap until it’s cold enough to drink. Fill a pitcher with water and put it in the fridge for drinking.
  • Replace your old toilets with low-flow toilets and receive a rebate through The City’s Toilet Rebate Program. Visit for more.
  • Use a rain barrel. Save treated water by using a rain barrel to collect and store rain that can be used for lawns and landscaping. The City is offering rebates this spring to residents who purchase rain barrels. More information can be found at

World Water Day is a global event that advocates the importance of protecting one of our most vital resources and was first introduced at the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. Each year, the UN sets a theme for World Water Day to highlight a current or future challenge. This year’s theme is Water and Jobs, recognizing the need to access safe and clean water at worksites and ensure basic labour rights for those working in water-related sectors.

For more household water-saving tips and information on The City’s water conservation initiatives, visit

For more information, please contact:

Katina Tam
Environmental Program Specialist
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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