July 2019 Newsletter
The Ward 14 Communities BBQ
Please join me for a free lunch, a free community association membership, and some fun festivities. There will be all sorts of community exhibitors there. City departments will be there to visit with and ask questions. We will even be getting an appearance from Spruce Meadows, and Calgary’s Canadian Premier League soccer team, Cavalry FC!
Visit calgary.ca/ward14bbq for details.
Water Safety Tips
To help remind you of the risks when you are out on Calgary’s rivers and lakes, the Calgary Fire Department has teamed up with the Calgary Police Service and Community Standards to form Partners in Water Safety.
The message to all citizens is simple: where there is water, there is risk. Accidents can happen even when you do everything right.
When you are out enjoying Calgary’s rivers and lakes, remember to:
- Wear a lifejacket: The importance of life jackets cannot be exaggerated. Even strong swimmers in shallow, slow-moving water are required to wear lifejackets. Make sure the lifejacket fits properly and always check the size and weight restrictions of the lifejacket.
- Scout, assess and decide: Check for potential river hazards and river advisories to determine if it is safe to raft or boat.
- Keep kids safe around water: Keep toddlers or young children within arm’s reach while in or around all bodies of water.
- Learn to swim: Swimming is a life-saving skill. Classes are offered year-round at calgary.ca/register.
- Behave on the water: Consuming and transporting alcohol and drugs is illegal on Calgary’s waterways. Anyone engaging in unsafe or disrespectful behaviour on the water will be subject to fines.
- Bring the right supplies: Make sure you have the right river craft, the right life jacket and the right paddle for the river conditions. Carry a cell phone to call for help in case of emergency.
- Call 9-1-1: If there is an emergency on the water, call 9-1-1.
Find out more at calgary.ca/watersafety.
Water Use Tips
During the summer, your water use can jump by 30 to 40 per cent because of outdoor watering activities. This increased demand places a strain on our rivers and treatment plants. Save water, money and time by adopting a few simple water saving tips.
- Watch your weather forecast to determine if you should water or not. Adjust your watering schedule accordingly and skip watering when it has rained or is forecast to rain.
- The best time to water is early in the morning. Avoid watering in the heat of the day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
- An easy way to water in the morning is to add a timer to your sprinkler or set your irrigation system.
- Capture free rain water in a rain barrel and use it on your trees, shrubs and flower beds.
- Use the right watering tool for the job. Unlike sprinklers, tools such as a soaker hose, drip irrigation and a watering can, direct water where it is needed most – to the plant roots.
- Reduce mowing and watering by keeping your lawn at least 2 or 3 inches high. Taller grass shades the soil meaning it requires less water and stays healthier.
Visit calgary.ca/waterguide for more programs, tips and tools for creating a water efficient home and yard.
The City is checking in on its long-range land use and transportation plans to see what is working well and what is not. They are looking for input on what improves quality of life for Calgarians, and what needs changing over the next 20 years.
Visit calgary.ca/Next20 to share your input, and please let me know what you think too
-Councillor Peter Demong