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Enlist the help of friends and family to search the neighbourhood. Ask them to carry cell phones so they can contact you when they find your pet. Contact neighbours, local vet clinics and other animal shelters to ask if they have seen your pet. To find out if your pet is at the animal shelter, call 403-851-2532 to arrange an appointment to view impounded animals. Place a lost pet report on Petlynx. If necessary, make posters with your pet’s picture to put up around your neighbourhood.
- Reunite lost cats and dogs with their owners- Shelter and feed lost cats and dogs- Deliver public education programs- Help neighbours resolve their animal-related conflicts- Provide emergency care to cats and dogs for injured animals- Waste bag dispenser program on our pathway systems- Online animal search- Free trip home with active license
Upon your pet's arrival at the shelter, Animal Services will check for a tattoo, microchip and overall health. If the animal has a tattoo or other identification, and the name and address of the owner are known, he or she is held for 10 days, during which time every effort is made to contact the owners. Animals that are not picked up within 10 days are turned over to the Cochrane and Area Humane Society.
Always pick up after your dog; this helps prevent the spread of disease from dog-to-dog and dog-to-human. If you forget a bag, look for one of the poop bag dispensers near Town pathways.
Pets left in cars must have sufficient ventilation, but not a way to reach people who walk by the car. Keep in mind that on a hot day, a dog can suffer heat stroke in 10 minutes. It is wisest not to leave your dog in the car on summer days.
Dogs in the back of pick-up trucks must be secured at all times.
The assessed value is determined through an analysis of properties that have sold in the previous year. Different neighbourhoods or dwelling types may appreciate of depreciate in value at different rates from year to year.
The average market value of single family homes may have decreased overall, but the difference between each neighbourhood may not match the overall year to year change.
Set up the Town as a bill payee through your regular bill payment system; your roll number is your account number. Allow three business days before the penalty date to ensure payments are processed on time. Please retain all documentation.
Check our taxation page if you have any further questions.
The west end of the bridge approach will connect to the Arena Road roundabout in front of the SLS Family Sports Center and cross to the other side of the river.
The location for the bridge is based on the shape of the river, significant grade and topographical variances, and suitable road alignment with the new Griffin Road and James Walker Trail alignment. The Town’s 2006 Transportation Plan included the new bridge across the Bow River and arterial road connections on both sides. Other bridge locations would be significantly more expensive due to the additional length of the road required and the span required to cross the Bow River.
This location also provides direct connectivity to the SLS Family Sports Center and Cochrane’s downtown for car, bike, pedestrian and possibly transit from the communities south of the Bow River.
The off-leash area and the multi-use pathway in that area will be left largely intact; however, a portion of the off-leash area and multi-use pathway will be closed to the public during construction. There will be a detour for the multi-use pathway to maintain connectivity. More information will be provided closer to the start of construction.
There are some decisions still to be made regarding pathway alignments and facilities; however, the bridge has been designed to minimize the impact to the multi-use pathway and river access of the off-leash area. An amenity space with benches and tables beneath the bridge is also being planned.
A new parking lot is currently being planned to replace the temporary parking area established during the Griffin Road realignment.
Plans and draft locations were evaluated as far back as 2002, and are based on functional studies that determined the most efficient alignment and greatest utility for both ends of the proposed bridge. Current and future land uses, roadway length and grades, bridge span, floodways, impacts to adjacent properties, and users all played a role in choosing the crossing location.
Construction of the bridge and approach roads will commence following the completion of realignment of Griffin Road in spring 2018, and obtaining necessary permits from Alberta Environment, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Transport Canada (among others) to work within the river.
Detailed structural design of the bridge has begun and is expected to be complete and Issued for construction by summer 2018.
The Town is currently preparing an RFP for selection of the construction contractor for the bridge in early spring 2018. A separate RFP will be issued for the construction contractor for the James Walker Trail roadway in late spring 2018.
The Town will be requesting public input for some aesthetic aspects and the naming of the bridge. More information will be available once the process is finalized.
The initial phase of work sees a new, two-lane James Walker Trail corridor and bridge connecting Griffin Road at the Arena Road roundabout to Riviera Way in Riversong. The Town anticipates the bridge and the new James Walker Trail will be open to the public by end of 2020.
In addition to the roadway itself, the construction also includes a new separated multi-use pathway and on-road bike lanes that cross the river on the bridge. The new pathway and bike lanes will be connected to the existing pathway and bike lane systems.
The extension of James Walker Trail from Riviera Way through to Highway 22 will be constructed later, depending on the timing of the South Bow development.
There are several different ways to make payment for your Business Licence Renewal: • Credit card by eServices (Invoice number required) • Mail (please make cheques out to "Town of Cochrane") • Credit card by phone- 403-851-2573 • In person (cash, cheque, debit or credit card) • Cheque drop off at Family and Community Support Services at Second Ave W, East Side Entrance, or at Big Hill Leisure Pool at 201 Fifth Avenue
Yes, you may be able to, but please note:
It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the wall or structure is entirely located outside of any utility right-of-ways or easements that may be registered on the property.
If the retaining structure is greater than 1m high, the wall must be engineered. Please note: the height of the structure is considered to be the height from its base, not the exposed height above ground.
The design of the wall must be completed by a professional structural and/or geotechnical engineer and submitted to the Town of Cochrane Civil Land Development for approval prior to the start of construction.
A lot grading certificate is confirmation that a building lot conforms to Town of Cochrane design grade specifications. You must ensure your lot grading is approved before you begin any landscaping.
Upon completion of house construction the home builder is required to grade the lot as per the approved building grade plan design grades (these grades would have been approved at the subdivision stage).
How to get a lot grading certificate:
The developer of a new subdivision installs the infrastructure necessary to service the area: water mains, hydrants, sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure, roads, sidewalks, pathways, park areas, storm ponds, lift and booster stations, reservoirs, sound attenuation walls, drainage swales and so on. Once these have been installed, Town of Cochrane Civil Land Development signs a Construction Completion Certificate (CCC), accepting that they have been completed in accordance with the proposed design. A signed CCC is the beginning of a maintenance period where the developer is still responsible for any work or maintenance associated with the infrastructure. The maintenance period can be one to three years, depending on the utility. When the maintenance period expires, the Town performs a final inspection. If the infrastructure is in acceptable condition, a Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) is issued to the developer, relieving the developer of all maintenance obligations. Once an FAC is issued, the Town accepts ownership.
Visit Permits and Inspections for application forms and explanation of the process.
There are also many places in the Calgary area to dispose of used appliances:• City of Calgary Landfills or call 311
• Calgary Metal4025 - 90 Avenue SECalgary, ABPh: 403-262-4542
• Blackfoot Metal3415 Ogden Road SECalgary, ABPh: 403-720-5970
• Navajo Metals5857 - 12 Street SECalgary, ABPh: 403-252-7787
Municipal elections are held every four years in Alberta.
Municipal elections in Alberta are regulated by the Local Authorities Election Act, which is provincial legislation. Each municipality also has a Municipal Election Bylaw to regulate any additional details specific to their municipality.
Yes, you must be a Canadian citizen to vote. You also have to be a resident of Alberta for at least six months leading up to the election, and you must live in the municipality you want to vote in.
Yes, you need to show ID to vote. Check the voter ID section for accepted forms of ID (there are lots).
Cochrane Town Council has six Councillors and one Mayor. You can vote for one candidate for Mayor and up to six candidates for Council (fewer than six is ok too).
You polling station depends on where you live in Cochrane. Check for your polling station.
The Town of Cochrane provides a variety of alternatives for voting.
There are four opportunities to vote in advance of election day:
Saturday October 7, 2017, 10am-5pmSpray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, 800 Griffin Road EastWednesday October 11, 2017, 4-8pmCochrane RancheHouse, Council Chambers, 101 RancheHouse RoadThursday October 12, 2017, 4-8pmCochrane RancheHouse, Council Chambers – 101 RancheHouse RoadSaturday October 14, 2017, 10am-5pmSpray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, 800 Griffin Road East
You can request a ballot by mail (which you return by mail) if you won’t be in town on election or any advance poll days. Request a special ballot here.
Returning officers go in person to the Bethany Care Centre and Big Hill Lodge on election day so residents in those facilities can vote.
The Town of Cochrane returning officer announces unofficial election results as soon as all the votes are counted on election day (usually within a couple of hours after the polls close at 8pm). The results become official at noon on the fourth day after the election.
We have links to contact information for all candidates. You can also read the local newspaper and online news sources for articles and interviews with the candidates, or look for opportunities to meet with them in person and ask about their platforms and priorities.
There's more information on Alberta Municipal Affairs website.
Food Hampers for the current week must be requested by 4:30pm on Tuesdays. The food hamper can then be picked up at the prearranged time at the Cochrane Activettes Food Bank at 30 Griffin Industrial Point, Bay 4, 403-932-9290.
PLEASE NOTE: Starting March 15, 2017, payment and requests are both processed at the RCMP detachment.
In order for this arrangement of direct billing to work smoothly, all clients with Alberta Blue Cross coverage must present their Alberta Health Care insurance card and Blue Cross card at the time the service is provided. If we do not receive the required information at that time - or if your plan does not cover the total cost of the ambulance service - we will issue a bill. If you are a Blue Cross subscriber and receive a bill for the full service, please contact our office as soon as you can so that we may review the situation and, if possible, send in the claim directly to Blue Cross. There is a provided time period of one year from the date of service to make a claim to Blue Cross. Whether you are on a government program or a private group or have an individual plan the same basic information is required: your full name, correct mailing address, your date of birth, Alberta Health Care identification number, Alberta Blue Cross group number, class and/or section number and your identification number.
Contact us at 403-851-2526 and let us know what information you are looking for. A formal FOIP request may not be necessary; if it is, we will assist you through the application process. See FOIP page.
1. The mobile food vendor vehicle shall be no more than:a. 8,000 kilograms in weight;b. 2.5 metres in width; and, c. 9.75m in length.
2. The mobile food vendor vehicle must be clean, well-lit, and aesthetically pleasing in appearance.
3. The mobile food vendor vehicle shall supply its own power and water source. Generators are permitted providing they do not cause a disturbance.
4. Overhead canopies or doors shall not obstruct or hinder pedestrian traffic.
5. Placement of any furniture associated with the mobile food vendor operation is not permitted.
6. The mobile food vendor operation plan shall be adhered to at all times.
7. Operation of the mobile food vendor vehicle at any special event or festival may only be permitted if the following conditions are met:a. The vendor submits a special event operation request to the Development Officer at least three business days prior to the commencement of the special event or festival;b. permission from the special event or festival coordinator has been obtained and submitted to the Development Officer; and,c. the Development Officer approves the special event operation request.
8. Storage of the mobile food vendor vehicle on-street is prohibited.
9. All elements associated with the mobile food vendor vehicle and its operations shall not cause any vehicular or pedestrian obstructions or hazards.
10. Mobile food vendor operations shall not create any disturbance or nuisance, including but not limited to noise, vibration, smoke, dust, odour, air pollution, heat, glare, bright light, hazardous or unacceptable waste. Lights, sounds or actions which may be a distraction for motorists and/or pedestrians are not permitted.
11. Operations of the mobile food vendor vehicle shall be conducted in a manner that does not restrict or interfere with the ingress or egress of the adjacent property owner or constitute an obstruction to adequate access by fire, police or sanitation vehicles.
12. Vendors shall clean up within a 6.0 metre radius after service at a location.
13. All mobile food vendors are required to maintain a location log that tracks the time and duration of the mobile food vendor vehicle at each location. This location log shall be made available to the Development Officer upon request, and a copy of the location log must be submitted to the Development Officer annually.
All multi-unit properties, households and businesses in Cochrane pay an Eco Centre fee of $5 per month for the operation of the Town of Cochrane Eco Centre and Special Waste programming. The Cochrane Eco Centre accepts everything from excess recycling, household batteries (rechargeable, alkaline and automotive), propane tanks (all sizes), fluorescent light tubes, CFL's, household hazardous waste (chemicals), paint, aerosols, electronics, scrap metal, glass, styrofoam, leaves & grass, tree trimmings, Christmas Trees, printer cartridges, eye glasses, used motor oil, oil filters, oil containers, grease and used cooking oils, food waste, bicycles, clothing and books. All of these programs are funded by the monthly fee.
Other updates: Plans must be submitted for new buildings or when there are significant program changes for existing buildings within 30 days of occupancy or change of ownership.
All the materials must be accepted in your multi-unit recycling program. You are welcome to accept additional materials such as glass, or to add a food and yard waste program as well.
8 or fewer unitsOwners or managers of multi-unit properties with eight or fewer units may apply to receive and pay for the Town’s automated waste and recycling cart service. Contact Waste & Recycling Services directly at 403-851-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org to determine eligibility.
25 or fewer unitsOwners or managers of multi-unit properties with 25 or fewer units may apply for exemption from hiring a private recycling collector through their Waste and Recycling Plan.If approved for exemption, you are still required to:• Set up and maintain onsite storage of all recyclables • Self-haul recycling: assign hauling of recyclable materials to yourself, an employee or volunteer to a verifiable recycling facility such as the Cochrane Eco Centre.• Inform your residents of the recycling program details in writing (by letter, brochure, poster etc.) within 30 days of move-in.
Contact Waste & Recycling Services directly at 403-851-2277 or email@example.com to determine eligibility.
Consider expanding your waste and recycling collection area into an unused space, like a rarely used parking spot. Your collection company and the Town of Cochrane Waste & Recycling Services can help you identify areas for recycling container placement.
Request communications materials through the Waste & Recycling Hotline 403-851-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Graphic files and electronic sign templates can be downloaded from www.cochrane.ca/multi-unit
There are many ways to introduce a new recycling program. Based on experience, we suggest hosting a one-time kick-off event. Here are a few examples:
Kick-off PartyA party for the property residents that combines food (for example a BBQ) and entertainment (music or games) with an introduction to the new recycling program. Activities can include demonstrations on how to set up your in-unit recycling, where and how to take recycling to the collection bins and examples of items acceptable in the program. As residents arrive they can be directed to sign in and receive their recycling brochure (and bin if you are providing them)
Pros: Suitable for all sizes of properties. Fun. Highly visible. Promotes conversations and community building. Residents will associate the new recycling program with a positive experience.Cons: Requires a suitable space. Cost for food and/or entertainment. Time consuming to plan. Need sufficient staff/volunteers.
Community Meeting/Open HouseA resident gathering in a common area, either as a stand-alone event or plan it to coincide with an already scheduled AGM or other meeting. An open house format allows residents to drop in and leave after they have asked questions and picked up brochures. Residents can be directed to sign in (allowing you to track who attended and follow up with those who couldn’t attend). Set up a demonstration showing in-unit storage options and how recycling containers need to be used (such as sorting requirements). Provide some refreshments.
Pros: Not very time consuming. Low cost. Few staff/volunteers required. Drop-in format encourages residents to pop in.Cons: Less fun than a party.
Door-to-Door OutreachOn a specific date, go door to door to distribute in-unit bins (if you are providing them) and information materials about the program. This gives you the opportunity to explain the program to each resident, including what is acceptable and where the recycling collection bins are located.Pros: Good choice for smaller properties. No extra cost. Easy to keep track of who you spoke with.Cons: Time consuming for larger properties.
No, you don't have to create an account to use the MY Cochrane mobile app. Cancel the request and carry on using the app.
My Cochrane is a great way to get all the notifications you’re interested in: emergency alerts, events, waste and recyling collection, RFP postings and more. Tap the Notify Me icon, tap the categories you'd like to sign up for, then tap beside the way you'd like to get notifications: email or text (you'll be asked to provide your email address or phone number).
All homes that currently receive Town waste and recycling collection will also get organics collection starting in April 2017.
Using an in-sink garbage disposal unit puts more solids into the sanitary pipes, which leads to increased clogs and blockages. This means more service calls and added costs for the Town and homeowners. Using your organics cart ensures the material is used to make compost.
A Festival and Events permit is required to host any event in a Town park. Please call 403-851-4266 for more information.
Fishing is permitted at Mitford Pond. Mitford Pond is stocked annually with trout. Anglers 13 years old and younger are allowed to keep one trout. For anglers over 13, only catch and release is allowed (with barbless hooks and no bait). A license is not required. Ice fishing is not permitted.
The official unveiling of Cochrane's own Canada 150 Mosaic will be on Canada Day 2017. Cochrane is proud to be a part of the largest mural in this national project, spanning 40 feet long by 8 feet high!
The framework for procurement and contracts is directly related to Cochrane’s commitment to manage Town finances and resources responsibly and report on them to the community.
Complaints/concerns and physical copies of the supporting documentation must be submitted to the contact person for the bid. If the concern cannot be resolved at the department level, the complaint may be referred to our legal and/or process department for review. If a meeting is required, or if litigation follows, the process will follow its due course.
Common reasons an RFP bid is rejected:1. Lack of evidence of your experience relating to the project. 2. Too verbose (unnecessary padding) of the document. 3. Lack of required documentation.4. Financial errors in budget/financial documents.5. Lack of appropriate project planning in the estimated time/cost. 6. Proofreading/spelling mistakes. 7. Late submission. 8. Lack of signature approving that the bid comes from your office.
Common reasons a bid is accepted: 1. Full evidence of experience, capabilities and resources. 2. Price (competitive, fair and market-base )3. Appropriate project planning in the estimated time/cost.4. All required documentation provided.
The RFP includes detailed information, including but not limited to: • Department managing the project• Location of the project/service/goods required• Restrictions, constraints on the SOW• Required deliverables, standards and outcomes• Risk management details and success factors• Performance and evaluation standards/criteria• Applicable municipal, provincial, federal legislation or guidelines• Terms and conditions of the bidding process• Public reporting (post-award) and filing requirements
Weighted criteria can usually be broken down into key areas: planning/execution approach, capabilities/experience and price; the RFP usually lists the weighted criteria, including relative weightings. The evaluation criteria will be different for each project, so do not rely on past RFPs to determine your potential for success.
Final award is determined on final scores in both steps of the evaluation process.
Our evaluation takes into account your company’s best project approach, capabilities and resources, pricing, scheduling, and supplemental documentation. The winner who receives the contract will have met the right balance of all these aspects, measured against the weight of each part of the RFP requirements and the evaluation criteria.
Volker Stevin maintains the highways and traffic lights within the Town for Alberta Transportation. Please call 888-877-6237 or visit their website.
Type B• On roofs of highrise buildings• On street light poles• On parking lot light poles• On existing utility towers and similar structures• On towers less than 15m that are not Type A
Type CTemporary structure for special event or during an emergency.
Type A submissions:Proponents are required to host a public consultation meeting. Town residents will be notified of the public consultation meeting via a public notice posted in the Cochrane Times and the Cochrane Eagle for two consecutive weeks. Additionally, residents within 300 m of the proposed Type A structure will receive written notification of the public consultation meeting.
Affected residents are encouraged to attend public consultation meetings for submissions in their neighbourhood in order to have a say in the process.
Type B submissions:Public consultation is not required; a notice is published as information.
Type C submissions:The Town requires 14 days advance notice in writing.
Town Administration will attend all public consultation meetings to observe the information provided to the public, ensure that the Protocols are followed, and to clarify the Protocols and the Town’s role in the process as necessary.
After reviewing submissions, letters of concurrence or non-concurrence will be issued by Council for Type A submissions. Letters of concurrence or non-concurrence will be issued by Administration for Type B and C submissions.
The issuance of a letter of concurrence or non-concurrence will be based on criteria including location of the proposed telecommunication structure.
The Town will engage in pre-submission consultation meetings with the proponent to discuss the location of the proposed telecommunication structure, among other criteria. The Town will oversee the submission process and will provide input regarding preferred locations. Ultimately, the proposed location of a telecommunication structure will influence the issuance of a letter of concurrence or non-concurrence.
Regarding health and radiofrequency (RF) exposure issues and limits for telecommunication antenna systems, these elements are regulated by Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 guidelines. Health Canada’s position is that there are no human health effects as long as the guidelines are followed.
Any questions or comments the public may wish to make regarding health issues related to cell phones, cell towers and radiofrequency exposure guidelines (Safety Code 6) should be directed to Health Canada (healthcanada.gc.ca) and to the proponent. Industry Canada, Spectrum Management Operations Branch may also be contacted for information: 403-292-4575 or email@example.com
Height of structure Setback distance from residential usesLess than 15 m at least three times the height of the proposed tower 15 m - 30 m at least 75 m away31 m - 45 m at least 100 m away46 m - 55 m at least 122 m away56 m or greater at least three times the height of the proposed tower
These separation distances are not based on any medical or scientific requirement, evidence or verification.
The Protocols encourage submission conformity with the Town’s Municipal Development Plan policies regarding environmentally sensitive areas and discourage the placement of towers on ecologically significant natural lands, riverbank lands or sites of topographical prominence.
Check for agendas for upcoming meetings (posted by 3 pm on the Friday before the meeting). Meetings begin at 6 pm and are held in Council Chambers at the Cochrane RancheHouse: 101 RancheHouse Road.
If traffic lights on a Town roads seems to be staying red or green for an inappropriate length of time, please let us know so we can investigate: Email or call 403-851-2590.
Traffic lights on Highways 1A and 22 are the jurisdiction of Alberta Transportation and are maintained by Volker Stevin on their behalf. If you see problems on the highways, you can contact them online or at 1-888-VS-ROADS.
Some of the solutions to the Town’s road network depend on the provincial budget; the Town is keeping up the pressure on provincial officials to see our projects reinstated in the three-year capital plan. In the meantime, the Town makes every attempt to implement short-term solutions to alleviate some of the pressure, where applicable.
The long-term plan for Fifth Avenue includes a realignment with Fourth Avenue across Highway 1A. This will allow for better traffic flow and reduce the number of intersections on Highway 1A. The realignment is not expected to add traffic to Fifth Avenue from Cochrane Heights: a portion of traffic to/from Cochrane Heights is already travelling on Fifth Avenue before turning onto Highway 1A. The long-term planning process also uses models to assess the long-term impacts of additional growth. The area along Fifth Avenue is currently largely developed; as growth occurs, future traffic patterns and flow will shift throughout the downtown core as Grande Blvd is connected through to Railway Street, and Centre Avenue is widened north of the railway tracks. With recent development along Centre Avenue and the construction of the new railway crossing, traffic patterns have already begun to shift from Fifth Avenue to this new corridor. Ultimately, there will be a grade-separated crossing of the railway at Centre Avenue.
Council’s strategic priorities for 2015-2018 include focusing attention on roads and pathways. Specifically:• Complete the Transportation Master Plan• Prioritize projects within the Transportation Master Plan for implementation• Champion improvements to Hwy 1A/22 intersection• New Bow River bridge crossing targeted for completion in 2018
The Town allocates over $1.5 million each year on improving existing road network, such as in the East End.The Town spent over $11 million on the construction of Centre Avenue.New lights at Highway 1A and Centre Avenue have improved safety of the intersection; the work was done in partnership with Alberta Transportation.Left turn lights at Highways 1A and 22 were result of extensive efforts from Council and the community.
Currently, all households receiving curbside waste and recycling collection pay $20.55 /month. All households and businesses in Cochrane also pay an Eco Centre fee of $5.00 /month for the operation of the Town of Cochrane Eco Centre and Special Waste Programming.
Blu Planet RecyclingPH: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Envirocan Ltd/Bio-Can LtdPH: email@example.com
Fin-Wall Site ServicesPH: 403-280-5180Steve.Brown@finwall.ca
GFL EnvironmentalPH: firstname.lastname@example.org Ave SE Calgary, AB T2C 2G5
Green King RecyclingPH: email@example.com
Harvest RecyclingPH: firstname.lastname@example.org
Little Big RecyclingPH: email@example.com
PEL RecyclingPH: firstname.lastname@example.org
Progressive WastePH: email@example.com
Super Save DisposalPH: firstname.lastname@example.org 90 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2C 1J9
Urban ImpactPH: email@example.com@urbanimpact.comwww.urbanimpact.com3613 Blackburn Rd SE
Waste ManagementPH: firstname.lastname@example.org 25th Street SE, Calgary, AB T2B 3M2
With the completion of the recent upgrade, Cochrane's plant has one of the strictest approvals in Alberta, and it is one of only a few that combines three state-of-the-art processes under one roof, along with a control system that rivals any modern manufacturing plant in operation.
Cochrane's water is considered hard because of the amount of calcium in it; the calcium occurs naturally at the mountain source. It typically measures as 180 mg/L or 10 to 11 grains per gallon hardness.
Our highest demand day came in 2016 when we used a total of 13.9 million litres of water. Our population was 25,122 at the time, which means on that day we used an average of 552 litres of water per person. In 2017, we averaged 238 litres per person per day in the winter, and 354 litres per person per day in the summer. In 2008, Town Council decided that expanding our current water treatment plant will enable us to use the remaining capacity of our existing license. This option is the most cost effective and involves the least risk.
We have numerous conservation initiatives that have been successful such as the three-tier water rate, the water conservation rebate program and a low-flow fixture requirement. The Water Utility bylaw limits the time of day you can water outside year round. Since the bylaw was originally approved in 2008, Cochranites have reduced their average water consumption approximately 15%.
The Town has also partnered with ExactET on a local weather station that can send information to irrigation systems so that they only use the water your soil really needs. We are also working with Parks to pilot irrigation systems controlled by this weather station.
As an organization, the Town has a policy in place to look for ways to reduce water consumption in the Town operations as well as in the community. We continually research new initiatives to consider for water conservation.