**Effective July 21, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.**
Stage 3 Water Restrictions are in Place
Due to a continued trend of falling water levels in the Pine Coulee Reservoir, the Town of Claresholm and the M.D. of Willow Creek have implemented stage 3 water restrictions. This water restriction impacts the Town of Claresholm, Hamlet of Granum and the Willow Creek West Waterworks System (the water works system consists of the Claresholm Industrial Airport and Pipeline Water Co-op).
What you need to know:
- Watering days are reduced in general from 2 to 1 day/week depending on your address, your user group, and the activity you use the water for
- No watering between 10am to 7pm unless your user group and activity say otherwise
- No new lawns and landscaping permits will be issued.
For a complete list of how the restrictions impact the different user groups (residential, commercial and public/institutional), reference the restriction tables to implement your scheduled water use days and times.
Stage 3 - July 21
Residential Restrictions (stage 3)
Commercial Restrictions (stage 3)
Public Institutional Restrictions (stage 3)
The Town of Claresholm provides consumers with a continuous, safe supply of potable drinking water which meets Alberta Environment and Parks standards. This service is extended to the residents and businesses in the MD of Willow Creek which includes the Town of Granum.
Claresholm receives its water supply from Pine Coulee Reservoir, which is located approximately sixteen (16) kilometers North West of Claresholm. In compliance with Alberta Environment and Parks the Town is licensed to divert water from Pine Coulee Reservoir to operate the Claresholm Regional Water Treatment Plant. Water from Pine Coulee is gravity fed to an onsite raw water reservoir at the water treatment plant.
The capacity of the water plant is 8,840 cubic meters per day, and on average produces 2,500 cubic meters per day. The Town of Claresholm can divert 1,301,235 cubic metres of water annually from Pine Coulee at the maximum diversion rate of 0.08 cubic metres per second.
Water produced in Claresholm goes through a several cleaning processes which includes a Dissolved Air Filtration (DAF) and PALL micro membrane filtration. Water is continuously tested to ensure it meets the standards set out by Alberta Environment and Parks.
Water and sewer rates are set as per Bylaw #1756 (Schedule D).
DownloadWater and Sewer Rate Table
Sewage is collected into a main outfall line that gravity feeds to the lagoon cells west of Claresholm. The lagoons consist of an 4 anaerobic cells, 2 facultative cells and a clear water holding cell. This system allows for biological processes to naturally clean the sewage water.
Storm Water System
The majority of storm water is collected and diverted to the golf course ponds, which, when full drain into the Frog Creek Wetlands. The 8th street west ditch is also a flood mitigation system that collects storm water and funnels it into the Frog Creek Wetlands. The Frog Creek Wetlands are series of 4 ponds that collect and slow the flow of water before it exists our municipality. Once the wetlands are full the water drains into the M.D. of Willow Creek #26 through a series of ditches which eventually empty into Willow Creek.