Residents asked to limit water usage

Medicine Hat - Medicine Hat residents and nearby County residents are asked to voluntarily refrain from outdoor watering and filling outdoor water features this weekend to help manage demand on the City’s Water Treatment Plant.

Due to high levels of spring runoff, turbidity levels in the South Saskatchewan River are high and water quality is low at the plant’s intake point. Plant staff have adjusted testing and treatment processes to ensure drinking water remains safe for the community.

“We know people are eager to welcome the Spring season and start watering lawns and filling fountains,” said Brian Murphy, General Manager Environmental Utilities. “However, increased demand on the water treatment system could jeopardize the quality of water we are able to produce. We’re hoping the community works together to help us safeguard our water supply by taking these small steps over the weekend.”

Property owners in Dunmore, Seven Persons, Desert Blume and Irvine as well as members of the Roytal and Green Valley Water Co-ops are also asked to restrict outdoor water usage as they are served by the Medicine Hat Water Treatment Plant as well.

Potable water is regularly tested before it enters the distribution system to ensure it meets all Canadian Drinking Water and Alberta Environment guidelines.

An update will be provided to water customers on Monday to advise if the City is able to lift the request for voluntary restrictions on outdoor watering and irrigation.

For media interviews, please contact:

Brian Murphy

General Manager, Environmental Utilities

City of Medicine Hat