Water Restrictions
   
> Town Services > Utilities > Water Restrictions

Water Restrictions

Current Water Restriction: No Restriction

The Town of Devon receives and processes its water through the Devon Water Treatment Plant.

In May, 2024, Council adopted a Water Conservation Bylaw outlining restriction that may be placed on water use in the community. These restrictions can be implemented for several reasons, including:

  • increased water demand
  • extended periods of warm weather
  • mechanical issues at the Water Treatment Plant
  • unexpected water shortages

In such cases, the Town of Devon has an Emergency Water Conservation Strategy that includes three levels of water restrictions (Level I, II and III).

Water Restriction Level I  

Water Restriction Level I asks residents to limit their water usage and reduces all non-essential water use by the Town including hydrant & water main flushing, washing of equipment, watering of trees & plants, firefighter training and any other non-essential use.

Water Restriction Level II 

Water Restriction Level II implements a non-essential water ban on the Town. This also includes closing the Town’s Bulk Water Station to commercial use and Centennial Spray Park until reservoirs levels are restored.

Water Restriction Level III 

Water Restriction Level III includes all restrictions in level II plus the closure of privately owned Bulk Water Station(s), every effort made to limit water usage within the Town and an increased focus by the Town’s Peace Officers on water conservation offenses.

In the event that restrictions are needed, notifications will be made via signs at major intersections, the Town’s social media platforms, and on the town website at devon.ca.

Water Conservation FAQ

Why would water restrictions be necessary in Devon?

Water usage typically rises in the summer months, mostly because of lawn and garden watering. When there is hot, dry weather, or a situation that impacts the rate of potable water production, this can create more demand than supply.

Water bans give our reservoirs and Water Treatment Plant an opportunity to recover so that there is sufficient supply to meet essential requirements like firefighting and drinking water.

The Town of Devon manages its own Water Treatment Plant that pulls water directly from the North Saskatchewan River. Why would Devon need to be concerned with water consumption?

The ability of the Water Treatment Plant to pump water from the North Saskatchewan River, and thus store water in the reservoir, depends on water levels of the river. If the river levels drop significantly more than normal, the Water Treatment Plant will not be able to pump water at the same rate. The lower the river gets, the longer it will take to pump the water which will decrease the amount of water we can treat and store in a day. Thus, we are not able to replenish the water reservoir as quickly.

What other Bulk Water Station are available around Devon?

  • Nisku Bulk Water Station – 1402 7 St., Nisku – PIN account + credit card
  • Spruce Grove Bulk Water Station – 155 South Ave., Spruce Grove – Requires account w/ City of Spruce Grove
  • New Sarepta Bulk Water Station – 4991 Central Avenue – PIN account + credit card

How likely is it that the Town Bulk Water Station will be shut down?

At this time, we do not anticipate a shutdown of Town bulk water services and are currently operating as normal with no water supply concerns or restrictions. The Town is working with real-time data and, thus, will react accordingly in real-time.

In the past, the bulk water station was shut down for a very short period (12-48 hours max.) to replenish the reservoir and catch up on demand. We do not foresee a situation where bulk water would have to be shut down any longer than that. Any closure of the bulk water station will be as short as possible and only done when absolutely necessary to catch up to water demand and mitigate risks to the water distribution system.

60% capacity still seems like a lot of water, why was that chosen for the highest restriction?

The Town’s water supply is used for all Town operations, including firefighting which uses a very large amount of water. Therefore, an adequate supply of water must be maintained should there be a crisis that requires firefighting support.

Under these restrictions, will we still have water available for drinking?

Of course. The Town’s primary responsibility is to provide residents with safe potable drinking water for residential or domestic purposes. This is considered “essential” water use. Essential water uses includes water used for cooking, cleaning, drinking, and bathing. There will be no fines administered to residents for essential water usage; only for gross negligence.

What can I do to help with water conservation in the home?

The top three uses of water in the home includes water coming from faucets (handwashing, dishes, and food prep), showers, and clothes washing.  Here are some suggestions to conserve water:

  • Hold off on unnecessary laundry
  • Try to only wash full loads of laundry and wash cloths in cold water
  • Try to only wash a full load of dishes for dishwashers; avoid doing them by hand
  • Take 5-10 minute showers and avoid baths completely
  • Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth
  • Check for leaky plumbing such as toilets
  • Install water efficient devices such as low flush toilets and low-flow faucets/showerheads

What can I do to help with water conservation in my yard?

Here are some suggestions to conserve water in the yard:

  • Use a rain barrel for outside watering
  • Plant drought tolerant plants, shrubs, and trees
  • Water lawns sparingly (Lawns only need 1 inch of water per week)
  • Water lawns in the morning or evening to reduce water loss through evaporation
  • Hold off on washing your car

Finding what you're looking for? If not, try a Search

Featured Sections

Watch this area for commonly visited areas of our website, or areas that are current or new.

Get our Newsletter

Stay informed and get the latest news on whats happening in Devon. the "Our Devon" newsletter is published quarterly. Provide your email address and we'll let you know when each new edition comes out.

Sign up for our Newsletter

Get Our Devon News by Email

Contact Us

Municipal Office Contact
Town of Devon Municipal Office
1 Columbia Avenue West
Devon, AB T9G 1A1

 Phone: 780-987-8300
 Fax: 780-987-4778
 Google Map: View Large Map

Follow Us! We'd love to hear from you.

Terms Of Use | Privacy Statement Copyright 2024 © Town of Devon
Login | | Built with by WebmontonMedia