Water Conservation

Using Water Wisely During Extreme Heat

Due to the extreme temperatures over the weekend and high water demands, the Abbotsford Mission Water & Sewer Commission would like to remind residents to try to conserve and use water wisely. Water is a great way to cool off during extreme temperatures, but please remember not to waste it. All our small uses add up. If demands continue to remain high, the region may need to move to Stage 2 water restrictions.

Here are some tips for saving water during extreme drought and heat:

  • consider allowing your lawn to go dormant, in favor of preserving trees and large shrubs;
  • water early in the morning; 
  • install new turf and reseed in the Fall, rather than in the heat of the summer;
  • use tree water bags and ollas (underground clay pots) for watering flower and vegetable beds;
  • use drip irrigation for automatic irrigation systems;
  • use a solar pool cover to prevent evaporation;
  • fix leaks;
  • turn off non-recirculating water features; and
  • leave pressure washing to the Fall.

Please do your part. Conserve and Reserve! For more information visit ourwatermatters.ca.

Water Wise Benefits

  • Track your water usage by month, day hour and season
  • Compare your water usage from month to month
  • Set a budget amount and receive alerts when you are close to your total
  • Compare your water usage to the neighbhourhood  average 
  • Receive service alerts from the City
  • Sign up for water conservation programs and rebates
  • Set up alerts for leaks
  • Connect directly with water staff for answers to questions about your usage

Note that you need a MyCity account to use the Water Wise mobile app. This resource is available for all customers that are receiving water service from the City of Abbotsford.  Mission residents and residents receiving water through the Clearbrook Waterworks District are not eligible for this service.

Sprinkling & Watering Restrictions

Water is often taken for granted, especially in our area where water resources are abundant and rainfall is plentiful for the majority of the year. However, our climate is changing and our population and our economy continue to grow, increasing the demands and pressures on our water resources. We need to adapt to climate change and think about intergenerational equity.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Water Meters allow for all residential and business water meters to be read remotely via a regular radio frequency transmission sent directly from each individual meter. By the end of June 2011, nearly every property receiving water from the City’s water system will have had their meter connected to a radio transmitter that sends reading data to City Hall.