Water & Wastewater

Winter is coming!

Don't want an ice sculpture in your backyard this winter?

  • Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor water taps.
  • Close outdoor tap shut off valves in the basement.
  • Check for leaks at the taps once temperatures dip below zero.
  • If you have an irrigation system, winterize it and close the water supply valve.

Going away this winter?

  • Shut your water off. The water shut off valve is typically located near your furnace.
  • Leave the heat on. A cold home could mean broken water pipes.
  • Have a friend or neighbour check on your home while you are away.
  • If leaving on an extended trip, contact our Utility Billing department to let us know.

General information

Ten full-time staff work around the clock to make sure Cochrane’s water tastes delicious and exceeds provincial requirements for safety. They also oversee Cochrane’s water distribution and metering. Used water is collected in the wastewater collection system where it is pumped to Calgary for treatment.

Be sure to see current water rates online.

Fun Facts

  • Cochrane does not add fluoride to our water. There is a natural fluoride ion of 0.12mg/L in the Bow River source water.
  • Hardness of water is 180 ppm of water (10 - 11 grains per gallon).
  • On our highest water demand day in 2006, we used 12.1 million litres of water (an average of 880 litres per person).
  • Our water treatment plant can treat 22 million litres of water per day.
  • Since the water conservation bylaw was approved in 2008, Cochranites have reduced their average water consumption approximately 15%.