Environment Lethbridge:
On council, what would you propose to better manage our water?

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Burke

Answer

I would look for expert advice on how best to proceed, we have a strong base of knowledge at institutes such as the University of Lethbridge as well as can look to models that work in other municipal centres. We would need to balance these recommendations with concerns of citizens in how this will impact their life through community engagement and education.

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Burrows-Johnson

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Get ready for climate change. If current predictions come true, the Oldman River basin will see diminishing water flows and longer, hotter summers develop in the next 30 years leading up to 2050. I will support increased cooperation and planning initiatives with our partners inside the Oldman Regional Watershed region with the goal of improving efficient water usage and maintaining water quality.

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Campbell

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I think the people in that department are doing a tremendous job.

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Carlson

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Council has adopted a strategy of increased water rates to actively encourage conservation, and we promote many conservation techniques, including: Low Flush Toilets and Low Flow Showerheads Reduce/replace dripping taps and pipes Limit showers to 3-4 minutes Reuse Rainwater with rain barrels for your garden, lawn, and birds! Planting native, drought resistant species. Use of xeriscaping We also rely heavily on our partners in Environment Lethbridge and the Oldman Watershed Council to lead in the education of our residents and the promotion of water conservation.

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Coffman

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I would propose that the City create a “water conservation, efficiency and productivity” (CEP) plan for Council’s consideration. The plan would address the City’s strategy for: a) water conservation; b) the efficient use of water in its activities; c) water production and wastewater management, and; d) measurable targets to achieve. The planning process would have to include a ‘water audit’ that looks at how we currently use water, our efficiency in use and how much we waste. A second strategy could address new road infrastructure. I would encourage investigating permeable road surfaces and storm water design to manage water runoff and minimize overland flooding.

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Crowson

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The city has shown a commitment to managing our water by becoming a signatory of the Southern Alberta Water Charter. The city needs to be a leader in this field. This means reviewing best practices, ensuring the best practices are built into future developments, encouraging conservation in city operations and among residents, and implementing community outreach and education for Lethbridge residents.

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Germshied

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Watering guide lines for lawns. Proper disposal of waste in our drainage system. Water monitoring systems for levels and purity, with steps to take when these levels are yellow and red.

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Gibb

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There are several deficiencies with water management in our city. On many occasions, I see the sprinklers in our public spaces and boulevards watering more of the roadway then the grass itself. We need to put the people in place, whether they be from the current city staff or from the outside, to effectively manage our sprinkler system. Being in a drought prone area, we also need to raise better public awareness, and work with residences and businesses to conserve water when it is scarce, and limit wasteful practices.

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Ginther

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I feel that our water is already being managed very well but we need to ensure that no pollutants are allowed to enter the water table or bodies of water such as the Oldman River...

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Heavy Head

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Water has to be managed with all the People upstream and downstream of our Water resources. This is OUR Water as Humans, not just private industry or America's. TO ensure we have sustainable Water sources is a collaborative effort with many entities involved int hat process, not simply a 13 member group.

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Hoffarth

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We should commission a study of water use to examine the cost benefits of providing tax incentives to individuals to reduce consumption by replacing lawns with low/no maintenance landscapes. Tax incentives should also be available to businesses and industries that can demonstrate investment that reduces consumption and lessens the burden on the city to supply and treat our public water supply.

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Hyggen

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First and foremost, the City has to lead by example. I would like to have a detailed presentation from our water department to council on how we can conserve water within the community and actively educate the community on these initiatives.

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Iwaskiw

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I think our water is managed very well now.

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Janzen

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Layton

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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MacLeod

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I believe dialogue and education is key to management practices, we all must take small steps be more efficient with our water consumption. Businesses that requires large amounts of water would need to consider how they could be more efficient in their water usage. Currently the city has 520 kms of sewer lines with 19 lift stations and provides 80,000,000 liters of purified water per day, .

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Mauro

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Mikuliak

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I believe that I would have to become far better educated, regarding this issue, in order to comment. I would look forward to learning about our current water management system - the pros and the cons - from experts who regularly deal with this important factor in all of our daily lives. It is my belief that, as a councilor, there will be much to learn about many things! I would look forward to listening and learning.

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Miyashiro

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This question assumes that our water management practices need improvement. My job on Council is to ask questions of the experts to gain a better understanding of current practices. Since I'm not a water engineer it behooves me to ask good questions about water management to those whose job it is to manage water.

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Morrell

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Conserving our water is of growing importance in Lethbridge.  With our ever growing populations, it is imperative to find ways to conserve and properly use water.  I think the city needs to be more vigilant in ensuring that public areas are being watered at appropriate times, that sprinklers are not running in inclement weather, and that they are in proper working order so as not to be watering fences, sidewalks and roadways instead of the green spaces they are intended.  I would welcome conversations with council in regards to offering resident incentives to have low-maintenance yards, low-flow toilets, and water-efficient indoor fixtures.  These things could greatly reduce water usage.

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Paladino

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1) Retrofit fixtures in Municipal buildings. 2) Encourage homeowners to do the same. 3) Manage the over use of water on our green spaces.

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Parker

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Water conservation techniques, and water rationing program implementation may need to regulated if conditions warrant.

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PEREVERSEFF

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Firstly, I am opposed to the fluoridation of our municipal water supply. Secondly, the water treatment plant should be modernized as required to ensure the safety and supply of municipal water. A water department reporting should keep council apprised of any deficiencies or concerns being experienced in the treatment of our municipal water.

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Pogorzelski

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We need to educate our citizens on proper water management. Watering grass for hours on end and running water when not needed are common mistakes people do. We need to have a social marketing campaign to change the way people view water management. The current consensus in most people's minds is we have a never ending supply of water, so why worry? We have to change that mentality.

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Saloff

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Shackleford

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I think our water here in Lethbridge is excellent and our city workers at the water treatment plant do a great job. What happens upstream from us on the Oldman River is sometimes out of our control. Educating people on the wise use of water is part of Councils prerogative and should be part of their mandate. Snowfall, or lack of snowfall is one thing we can't control and is part of climate change we have seen over several years now. It is a commodity we need and we need to protect.

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Spearman

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A community education program for water conservation. Working with the business and industrial sectors to promote great water conservation.

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Takahashi

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We've seen a 57% decrease in water flow over the last 100 years. While a public education campaign on water conservation is a must the city must lead by example- small fixes like ensuring our sprinklers are watering parks and not streets. As well we should be pushing initiatives for rainwater collection, grey water reuse etc. We should ramp up education on storm drains similar to the painted fish project a few years back. As the water flow declines it is imperative that we ensure regular testing of our water source.

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Thurber

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As council we may need to look at levies or surcharges for excessive water usage. Alternatively we could investigate opportunities to reward water conservation. I think there are many opportunities here that would not be to difficult to implement at a basic level and grow. What are other communities doing, what has worked, what doesn't?

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Watson

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If we continue to grow as a city, we need to become conscious of our water limitations, since we are provincially regulated in regards to our water consumption under the GOA Water Act. To obtain more water, since our basin is closed to new licencing, would require transfers. I believe we need to educate residents about water conservation and look at our bylaws surrounding our water use, and how we can conserve as a city. Our city water treatment staff do an amazing job managing our drinking water as well as our waste water. We need to continue to support them by making sure we have the research and information coming out on water quality and quantity issues from our university and others.

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Wiggers

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Woss

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With climate change in the picture- droughts will be more frequent and water more scarce. Water scarcity causes severe economic loses limiting/ disrupting agricultural, industrial & energy production. Let’s engage in solutions; think outside the box. One idea is to allow retention cisterns to be installed in our city and in our parks. Retention cisterns allow for rainwater harvesting which means we save water.