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Posted on: June 22, 2017

EcoBrooks Water Wise Garden Award

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Brooks – EcoBrooks is excited to announce that they will be awarding three (3) residents with the first ever EcoBrooks Water Wise Garden Award, a commemorative EcoBrooks garden decoration. This will be an annual award given to residents who best utilize water wise gardening techniques.  In the summer months, domestic water use increases by 50% due to watering lawns and gardens. Traditional lawns and gardens require a lot of watering to maintain them. Water wise gardens can be a beautiful alternative to the traditional lawn and garden, and survive on rainfall and very little additional irrigation after roots are established. Water wise gardening uses drought-tolerant plants to create a sustainable landscape while conserving water. This type of gardening is also sometimes described as “xeriscaping”. The term xeriscape is derived from the Greek words "xeros" for dry and "scape" meaning a view or scene.

The City of Brooks and surrounding areas are located in a semi-arid climate where annual precipitation is low, with an average of 301.3 mm. Due to the hot, dry climate, in summer months City of Brooks water users depend heavily on municipal water for irrigation for yards and gardens. Reducing our water demand can help local watersheds like Lake Stafford which collects storm and surface water. These inland water sheds are used for raw water irrigation via a pipeline network. Non raw water users use potable water which is treated by the Newell Regional Services Corporation which is delivered from the Eastern Irrigation District, further adding to the cost of using water for irrigation.

“We strongly encourage the use of drought-tolerant plants in Brooks and area. With help from the local Girl Guides, drought tolerant plants have been labeled with water wise plant tags at local greenhouses. These can be used to create a variety of beautiful landscapes that require less water, and can be less maintenance than traditional lawns.” says Florence Juska, Chair of EcoBrooks. “We hope the awards bring more attention to water conservation in our community and that the winning gardens provide an inspiration for new gardeners in Brooks.”

To nominate a garden, please email a picture of the garden with the civic address to brookscommunications@brooks.ca or drop off photos at City Hall. You may also nominate yourself!  Contest deadline is September 15th and winners will be notified shortly after. For more information about EcoBrooks Water Wise Garden Award, please contact:

Tony Diep

Sustainability Coordinator

(403) 362-3333

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