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17th July 2015
Dry conditions prompt request in southern Alberta to shut off sprinklers, hoses

CBC News Posted: Jul 15, 2015 4:23 PM MT Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015 4:23 PM MT

Two southern Alberta towns are asking residents to limit water use outdoors due to dry conditions.
Nanton is banning all outdoor water use, such as washing cars and sidewalks. Flower beds and vegetable gardens can be watered by hand or with a hose with a nozzle and trigger shut off.

Further south on Highway 2, Cardston is asking residents to voluntarily curb outdoor watering, the first step before non-essential water use is banned.

Low snowpack in the Oldman River watershed, low-flow rates in Lee Creek and St, Mary River and potential for little rain are a cause for concern, officials wrote on the town's website..

"We are trying to preserve the water in our reservoirs for essential uses like drinking, cooking, bathing, and dishwashing, as well as preserving water in our watershed for other downstream user communities."

Last weekend, hot, dry conditions led to voluntary water restrictions in areas outside Edmonton.

Strathcona County, Leduc County and the city of Leduc asked residents to reduce or postpone all non-essential water use, including watering lawns, gardens and trees and washing cars.