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Box 113, 210-2nd Ave South, Marwayne, Alberta  T0B 2X0

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Connecting to Regional ACE water line in March 2018
 

The Village is excited that funding of $4,869,671 was announced October 2016 to complete Phase 5 of the ACE waterline.  Marwayne's water will be coming from the City of Lloydminster.  Phase 4 is from Lloydminster to Kitscoty.  The engineers are hard at work designing to meet these tight timelines.
 
Water Meter Replacement Program is now Complete (November, 2016)

The Village has partnered with Kitscoty and Dewberry for a water meter replacement and leak detection project. The project is funded by the provincial Alberta Community Partnership Grant. Accurate consumption measurement and water system loss detection are extremely important for identifying problems prior to connecting to the regional water system in the future. 

 

 Leak Detectors Installed to Enable Pro-Active Leak Analysis and Repair

The Village has installed leak sensors on every second service line to help detect leaks. This occured at the same time that the new remote read water meters were installed.

 In Marwayne most of our leaks are service line leaks.  These leak sensors are installed permanently on the water service pipes, usually near a water meter.  The strategically placed sensors analyze patterns every day, detecting new, evolving and pre-existing leaks automatically.  A web interface interprets the data and analyzes the recordings and graphically displays all leak sensor locations using GIS and satellite mapping images, highlighting the status and location of leak locations using colored flags.  Each "leak flag” prioritizes leaks as either probable, possible, no leak likely or sensor out of status.  Over time, an expanding database of historical sensor information will provide comprehensive condition assessment of the entire water distribution system.

 The ability to remotely monitor data from the sensors will help identify loss patterns within the distribution system at specific locations, as well as analyze seasonal water use anomalies.  By flagging areas of change within the system that indicates the probability that a leak has formed.  This level of leak investigation translates into efficiencies, saving the Village’s water and advancing our conservation objectives

 This proactive approach demonstrates Marwayne’s environmental leadership and will be cost saving along with achieving measurable water conservation results.

 

 

Changes in Disinfection

Due to requirements made by Alberta Environment & Park (AEP), on October 6, 2015 the Village of Marwayne changed the way it disinfects the potable water from chloramination (formed with the combination of chlorine and naturally occurring ammonia) to the use of free chlorine (achieved through a process called breakpoint chlorination). 

  

The free chlorine applied to the village’s water supply is well within acceptable ranges stipulated by the Health Canada limit, and are not considered a health concern.  Storing a jug of drinking water in the fridge can generally dissipate chlorine tastes within a short period.

 

The transition of disinfectant to a free chlorine residual is required because it is a stronger disinfectant and more effective at eliminating potential viruses in the water. Please note that the chlorine residual in the water system using the breakpoint chlorination protocol will be at the same level as current practice of chloramine treatment.

 

For more information on chlorine, please check the Health Canada website at: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/environ/chlor-eng.php

 

If you have further concerns please contact Win Tun, Drinking Water Operations Specialist with Alberta Environment & Parks at 780-292-5082.  

 

WATER WISER
In 2004, the average Canadian daily domestic use of fresh water per capita was 329 L.
In 2006 Marwayne’s was 372 L per capita per day.
In 2010 Marwayne’s was 401 L/capita/day. (due record year in water breaks)
Our target for 2020 is 297/L/capita/day.
 
The quantity, quality and economic problems we face as a result of our use of water are complex but, at least one of the causes of these problems is easy to manage -- the way we waste water. And, the solution is straight forward -- water conservation. Simply stated, water conservation means doing the same with less, by using water more efficiently or reducing where appropriate, in order to protect the resource now, and for the future. Using water wisely will reduce pollution and health risks, lower water costs, and extend the useful life of existing supply and waste treatment facilities.
 
And it's easy. With little change to the way we do things now, or the equipment we use, we can reduce water consumption in the home, and in business, by 40% or more. Below outlines the role of water conservation in addressing problems related to water use and water quality. It also shows us what part we can play as residential consumers in finding solutions.
 
Water quality parameters are available, contact the Village Office for the information.

What can you do to reduce the amount of water you use in your household?

  • Wash laundry and dishes only when there is a full load
  • Always turn off running waterwaterusechart
  • Take shorter showers
  • Eliminate any and all leaks
  • Reduce the flow of toilets and showerheads

You might not realize how much water you use in different areas of your home. Take a look at the pie chart to the right to see how the average household splits up its water usage.

 

Wash laundry and dishes only when there is a full load

You can save 300 gallons (1.1m3) to 800 gallons (3m3) of water a month by washing laundry and dishes only when the machine is full. For small loads of laundry, adjust the water setting to a lower level. If you only have a few dishes wash them in the sink or a dish pan and rinse in a pan of hot water or use a sprayer. Washing dishes one at a time can waste hundreds of gallons of water a month.  Remember, dishwashers are designed to clean dirty dishes, so there is no need to pre-rinse.  Appliance manufacturers recommend scraping dishes prior to washing them and not pre-rinsing.

Always turn off running water

You can decrease your water use by several gallons by simply turning the water off when you are brushing your teeth or shaving. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the water until it gets cold enough to drink.  Plan your meals ahead of time so you can defrost food in the refrigerator instead of under running water.  As you wait for the water in the shower or sink to reach the correct temperature, collect it in a bucket and use it to water plants or mop the floor. Start a compost pile with food waste and stop using the garbage disposal.

Take shorter showers

A 10 minute shower with an older showerhead can use up to 80 gallons (0.3m3) of water.  Time your shower and try reducing it to 5 minutes.  You can reduce water use in the shower by turning the water off while you lather up and shampoo.  To maintain a consistent temperature, install a toggle switch on your shower to cut the water flow.  If you take a bath, a full bathtub can use 30 to 50 gallons (0.2m3) of water.  Save water by filling the tub only 1/3 full or no more than 5” of water.

Eliminate any and all leaks

A faucet dripping one drop of water per second wastes nearly 9 gallons of water a day.  You can stop dripping faucets by turning them off completely, but not so tightly that you damage the valve seats. If it’s still dripping repair it. To check for toilet leaks, remove the toilet tank cover and put in 5 to 10 drops of food coloring.  Wait 30 minutes.  If any of the coloring leaks into the toilet bowl then you have a leak and you should fix it immediately.  A leaking toilet wastes 15 gallons of water a day.  Repairing the leaks in your home can cut your water consumption in half.

Reduce the flow of toilets and showerheads

Close to half of the water used in a home is for toilets and showers.  If your toilet was manufactured before 1993, it uses 3.5 to 8 gallons per flush (gpf).  Newer high efficiency models use 1.5 gpf or less.  A short-term conservation measure is to place a 2 liter bottle filled with pebbles or sand in the toilet tank.  This displaces some of the water and saves about a half gallon per flush.  Another way to save water is to reduce the number of flushes by not using the toilet as a trash can.

Showerheads manufactured before 1978 use 3 to 10 gallons per minute (gpm). Showerheads manufactured after 1978 use 2.5 gpm. If you are unsure of how much water your shower uses, you can check the flow rate. Hold a bucket under the showerhead and turn the water on full blast for 30 seconds.  Measure the number of cups of water in the bucket and multiply by two to get the number of gallons per minute.  If your showerhead uses more than 2.5 gpm you should consider replacing it with a low-flow showerhead that uses 1.5 to 2 gpm.

 Marwayne is part of the Vermilion River watershed. 
For more information about our watershed, see the following website:  http://vrwa.ca/ and www.nswa.ab.ca