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Town of Rocky Mountain House
5116 50th Avenue
Box 1509
Rocky Mountain House, AB
T4T 1B2
Ph: (403) 845-2866
Fx: (403) 845-3230
Water Reduction
The more you use the more you pay, so incorporate some of these ideas to keep your water consumption – and cost! – down.  
Bylaw 2019/05V (Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Bylaw) Fact Sheet

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Inside your home – tips for the bathroom and kitchen:
• Check for toilet leaks regularly. A slow toilet leak can increase your water bill.
• Shorten your shower! For each minute you reduce your morning or evening routine you will save nearly 10 litres of water.
• Replace washers in faucets every few years, especially if you live in an older home
Install low-flow toilets, water-saving shower heads, and low-flow faucet aerators
• Shut off the water to your home before you leave on vacation to avoid unintentional water use from impacting your bill
• Place a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of letting the tap run to get a cool drink.
• Water your houseplants with water saved from washing your fruits and vegetables, waiting for the water to warm up, or even when you clean your fish tank!
• Select one glass to use for drinking each day. If you do this, your dishwasher will take longer to fill up and it will not need to be run as frequently.
• Thaw foods in the refrigerator or in a bowl of hot water instead of using running water.
• Let your pots and pans soak instead of letting the water run while you clean them.
• Scrape the food on your dishes into the garbage instead of using water to rinse it down the disposal.
• Use your dishwasher and washing machine for full loads only. Set your machine water levels accordingly.


Outside your home – check all the ways you use water:
• Water your lawn only as needed. Follow best practices for watering new sod and avoid having water run off into the street or simply splash against fences and outbuildings.
• Add a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch slows evaporation, retains moisture and discourages weed growth
• Try planting drought-tolerant and regionally adapted plants in areas that are hard to water or that receive little use. This may include narrow strips near sidewalks or driveways and steep hills.
• Sweep your driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of spraying them off with a hose.
• Check outdoor faucets, pipes, hoses and pools for leaks.
• Change your lawn mower to a 3-inch clipping height and try not to cut off more than one-third of the grass height when you mow.
• Consider replacing infrequently used lawn areas with low-water use plants or ground covers.
• Use a bucket of soapy water to wash your car, or simply place a shut-off nozzle on the end of your hose

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Did you know?
• Rocky Mountain House does not generate a profit from utility bills.
• Water leaks can be silent.
• Upon full implementation of the new water consumption rates, one cubic metre of water will cost residents $1.64.

For comparison, here are some rates from other Central Alberta municipalities:

Cubic metre – water

Base rate – water

Cubic metre - wastewater

Base rate - wastewater

Town of Rocky Mountain House (rates as of July 1, 2019)

$1.64/ m3


$1.50/ m3


Innisfail (2018 rates)

$2.35/ m3


$3.15/ m3


Lacombe (2018 rates)

$2.47/ m3


$2.15/ m3


Olds (2019 rates)

$2.79/ m3


$4.43/ m3


Devon (2018 rates)

$1.55/ m3


$1.76/ m3


Sylvan Lake (2019 rates)

$0.80/ m3 for first 24 m3

$1.13/ m3for >25 m3


$2.50/ m3


City of Red Deer (2019 rates)

$1.55/ m3


$1.55/ m3



By further comparison...
One cubic metre of regular gasoline (at $1.25/litre): $1,250.

One cubic metre of red wine (at $15/bottle): $20,000
One cubic metre of 15-year-old Scotch (at $89.95/bottle): $119,933

Now, how do you measure up against other Canadians on water use? Here are some facts on water use in Canada:
(Source: Statistics Canada, March 21, 2017)

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How do I....?

How to detect a toilet leak

How to fix a running toilet

How to fix a leaky toilet

How to fix a leaky shower faucet

Dripping faucets?This is sometimes as simple as tightening the faucet taps. If the taps are still dripping you may need to replace the washers inside. These are easy to install and are available from your local plumbing retailer.

Note: If you have any difficulty, we recommend you contact a plumber.

Water leaks can waste water every day. In many cases, fixture replacement parts are inexpensive and can me quickly installed by yourself or a plumbing professional.

Fix leaks immediately!

Other helpful links:

Bylaw 2019/05V (Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Bylaw) Fact Sheet

E-billing enrolment form

Pre-Authorized Payment Withdrawal Form

Water Conservation Incentive Rebate Form

Bylaw 2019/05V Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Bylaw