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Trickle water system

What is a trickle system?

Some rural areas of Strathcona County use what is known as a ‘trickle’ water system. The system connects from a nearby water main to your cistern and delivers a maximum controlled flow of water of 2.8 litres (0.75 gallons) per minute.

The key to a trickle system is that it draws and stores water slowly over the course of the day. Then, when you want water, it’s ready and waiting for you. Residents on a trickle system don’t have to worry about running out of water as their cistern continuously fills (with the exception of unforeseen emergencies, breakages, etc.).

This system is intended to supply enough water for typical household purposes, but it is not intended to provide water for outdoor use.

What are the benefits of this system?

A trickle water system offers numerous benefits to rural residents:

  • It’s convenient. You would have a constant water source.
  • It saves time. You no longer have to haul water.
  • You no longer have to schedule water delivery.
  • A water system on your property increases its marketability.

What are the drawbacks?

The trickle water system is not intended to supply water for outdoor use such as watering lawns, shrubs or gardens, filling pools, etc. If you require water for outdoor use you may have to schedule additional water deliveries through a water hauler or haul water yourself from one of the County’s truck fills.

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Last updated: Friday, July 30, 2021
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