The town's water loss mitigation program continues to build upon its success in 2023.

Shane Hubl, director of operations services, says they appear to be on target to hit their goal of reducing water loss in the town system by another three per cent this year.

That's on top of a recent rebound from drought conditions and more residents taking advantage of several financial incentives to conserve water.

"The spring has been quite positive from the water loss mitigation perspective," he says. "We have found some major leaks throughout the system, and we've been addressing those throughout the spring and early summer."

"I'm quite confident that we're going to meet our target of another three per cent reduction this year, but it could be far better, it could get a little worse, depending on what the system does for us throughout the year. We typically take our final snapshot at the end of the year once the ground freezes."

Reducing water loss by three per cent doesn't sound like much, until you put it into perspective. It represents about 70 million litres of water, enough to meet the annual water needs of a residential area roughly the size of Riverview.

Shane HublShane Hubl, director of operations services, says the water crew discovered and repaired some major leaks in the town's water system this spring.

The major leaks repaired this spring were in the industrial area. One of the larger ones discovered was on Charlesworth Ave. An anomaly was monitored, the crew confirmed its location, then repairs were made.

Hubl believes they'll primarily be focusing on the East End this summer.

"But if we get an anomaly, if our system tells us that we have a leak or an abnormal reading throughout any of our systems, we'll send teams to find it. That can and does happen."

Water crews are also exercising the massive number of values throughout the community to ensure they will function properly when required. Yesterday, they had a crew in The Willows.

In the first year of the water loss mitigation program, the crew focused on the neighbourhoods with older infrastructure, like East Cochrane and Glenbow. Among their greatest success story was the work completed in Glen Eagles.

"We feel like we largely have Glen Eagles buttoned up tight and operating properly, so now we've refocused on other areas in our distribution system."

Cochrane remains a provincial leader in sustainable water use, and this program further increases its efforts to conserve water. 

"There are a few reasons why we do this," says Hubl. "Of course, it saves the town money, it saves residents operational costs, but it also allows us to support more people in the community with no impact to our water license. Every litre that we can save underneath the ground means that we can give it to someone else throughout our system."