Water Conservation

Water Restrictions
Water Alert 1 AT ALL TIMES

All Outdoor Water Use is permitted as follows: 


Odd numbered addresses may water lawns: (Addresses ending in 1,3,5,7,9) 


Thursdays, Sundays


Even numbered addresses may water lawns: (Addresses ending in 0,2,4,6,8) 


Wednesdays, Saturdays


Watering of lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs may occur only during the following hours: 


6:00 AM - 9:00 AM or 

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Requests for site and condition specific irrigation scheduling for commercial or industrial operations using a metered irrigation system may be approved in writing by the Chief Administrative Officer. 


Requests for water conservation exemption permit for newly seeded lawns or freshly planted sod may be applied for at the Municipal Office.



Possible reasons:

-Low Reservoir
-Fall reservoir replenishment

All Outdoor Water Use, including watering lawns, non-commercial washing of vehicles, sidewalks, pads, exteriors of building, filling of hot tubs/Jacuzzis, recreational use of sprinklers and like water toys, is restricted to the following schedule:


Odd numbered addresses may water lawns: 


Thursdays, Sundays


Even numbered addresses may water lawns: 


Wednesdays, Saturdays 


Watering may occur only during the following hours: 


6:00 AM - 9:00 AM or

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Flowerbeds and vegetable gardens may be watered by hand, during prescribed times, using a watering can or a hose with a nozzle trigger shut off to restrict water flow. 


Existing irrigation or watering permits for metered commercial/ industrial irrigation or new residential lawns may be suspended; no new approvals will be issued.


Bulk water sales, if operating, are suspended.



Possible reasons:

-Low Reservoir
-Serious leak/break

All outdoor water use is strictly prohibited.


Household and non-residential use may be controlled through district flow restrictions.


The Chief Administrative Officer or designate may require reduction of water consumption by major non-residential water consumers.


Bulk water sales, if operating, are suspended.


A special metered rate to discourage wasteful water consumption by residential and non-residential consumers, as set by Council in the Town of Nanton Fees and Rates bylaw, may come into effect after two weeks (fourteen days) following the commencement of Level 3 Critical Restrictions.

As the Town works its way up the water restriction levels, the prospect of municipal enforcement and fines for significant non-compliance could follow.

Tips for Water Conservation

  • Conserving water doesn't have to be difficult. Using the 4 R's of water conservation will reduce the amount of water your household is using.
    • Reduce: Look for ways to use less water by becoming conscious of the amount you use and the amount you need.
    • Retrofit: Place running toilets and fixtures with more water efficient models or retrofit your existing appliance with water saving devices
    • Repair: Fix those current leaks. Most leaks are easily fixed by a simple task
    • Reuse: Rather than running a tap to rinse or clean vegetables or dishes, try filling a basin or your sink to prevent unused water from being wasted. Rain water runoff is a great source for outdoor lawn, garden, and flowerbed watering.

Finding Leaks

A good practice to get into the habit of is to take a walk around your home to check for leaks.   If your recent bill has spiked due to a leak please visit this page for more information on how we can help.  While doing so, please remember that municipal staff have no unique insights as to why there might be a leak on your side of the water meter!

Water Meter

Use your water meter to help determine leaks. Record your meter reading in the late evening and again in the early morning or before and after any long period where there is no water use. If the meter dial has moved while there is no water being used, there is a leak somewhere. 

Laundry Room

Do you ever hear that annoying water trickle when all the taps are turned off? If you are having trouble locating the source a good place to start might be the laundry room. Some older-style laundry tub taps have tubing that connects to the floor drain. Water should only trickle through the drain when the tap is turned on. A worn washer can allow the water to continue to flow to the floor drain and be the source of a leak. 


Toilets are famous for their hidden leaks, they can waste hundreds of gallons of water a day, undetected. A great way to test your toilet for leaks is to use food coloring. Place some food coloring in your toilet’s holding tank and wait for 15 to 30 minutes. If the food coloring shows up in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak. 

Water Softener

Defective or older water softeners have been known to malfunction, causing excessive water use. Set the timer on your softener so you are aware of when it should be running. If you hear it at other times it may be operating unnecessarily and require maintenance.

Contact Us

  1. After hour Emergency Utilities number:


    If there is a water and/or waste water emergency,

    please call to speak to worker on call.

  2. Notify Me

    Water Alert 1Boil Advisory 1water shut_off

  3. Water Alert 2

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