Summer Water Conservation Tips
Summer can bring a rise in water consumption and your water bill. Here are some tips to help conserve water during the heat.
• Water your lawn deeply, but not more than once a week. During periods of extended rain, water even less frequently.
• Water new lawns every other day until the grass reaches 5 cm; then water less frequently.
• Set a tuna can in each of your sprinkler zones and time how long it takes to fill it with water. That’s how long you should run your sprinkler once a week if your lawn is dry.
• Use drip irrigation and/or sprinkler systems that are timed to turn on and off automatically. Remember to turn them off if it’s raining.
• Don’t water your lawn during the hottest time of the day. Instead, water early in the morning or in the evening. Don’t water when it’s rainy or windy.
• Check the sprinkler position to make sure you don’t waste water by watering the street, sidewalks or driveway.
• Xeriscape Landscaping – Group plants according to their watering needs. Plant water-saving plants, trees and shrubs. Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil. All of this can save 10-35 litres of water per minute.
• When mowing your lawn, only cut the top 1/3 of the grass and leave clippings behind. They will help the soil retain moisture and provide natural fertilizer.
• Wash your car at the car wash. Washing at home with a hose for ten minutes uses 300 litres of water and sends soap, oil and other chemicals to the river through storm drains. At a car wash, run-off is captured and disposed of properly.
• Use a broom when cleaning your driveway or walkway. Washing with a hose uses almost 200 litres of water.
2018 July Council Meeting Dates
Committee of the Whole Meeting- July 10th
Regular Council- July 17th
The Regular Council Meetings are located at Martensville City Hall Council Chambers at Martensville City Hall – 37 Centennial Dr. S
All Regular Council Meetings and Committee of the Whole Meetings are open to the public. All meetings commence at 5PM.
Those wishing to address or do a presentation to Council must be placed on the agenda. To be placed on the agenda please contact the City Clerk’s office at City Hall or visit the website for details.
The full Council and Committee of the Whole Schedule can be obtained at martensville.ca
Landscaping or Working on Your Property This Summer? – Things You Should Know
Access to Private Property Through Open Spaces Bylaw
Due to damage to City property and failure to remedy damages; the City has created the Access to Private Property Through Open Spaces Bylaw. The City Traffic Control and Waste Bylaws have also been rewritten to set the provisions to access private property through City land.
Access to Private Property Through Open Spaces Bylaw 2-2016
Any person or businesses that will be driving a vehicle or equipment over city open space to access private property are now required to apply for a permit prior to gaining access.
Section 6 (2) No person shall carry on the following activities in an open space area without a permit:
(a) leave or store personal property;
(b) set up a temporary shelter, tarp, canopy or other such device;
(c) drive or arrange for a vehicle or equipment to be driven through an open space area;
Traffic Bylaw – Dumping of Materials
Dumping of material onto city streets is not permitted, any material must be placed on the owner’s property unless permission is granted by the Director of Infrastructure and Planning or designate. Any person or any business who will be conducting work on or around city streets must setup a safe temporary traffic control zone.
Section 4 (f) Any person or company responsible for construction, construction equipment, or material within the highway/street must setup a safe temporary work traffic control zone. At the request of the Director of Infrastructure and Planning or designate a written work zone traffic control plan may be required prior to approval for installation and setup.
Waste Bylaw 18-2015
Work sites must have a bin/truck on site to dump their waste material into, to not leave material scattered around the work site or piled on the road way.
48. (1) Any owner or contractor carrying out the construction, alteration or demolition of a building, structure or landscaping on any property shall:
(a) place all waste into a waste container or enclosure;
For further information or questions about these bylaws or to see what you need prior to starting a project, please contact City Hall 931-2166
Let’s Clean-up After Our Pets!
Pet owners are reminded that it is an offense to pick-up and properly dispose of defecation from your pet when using public pathways and parks. Refuse bags and garbage cans have been placed along pathways and parks for your convenience.
Failure to pick up after your pet can result in fines up to $300.
More information about the Animal Control Bylaw can be found on Martensville.ca
Loraas Organics – Green Bin Program
Sign up today for the Organics Composting Program (Green Bin). The service is by subscription only and is $10 a month for the green bin service. The fee is added to your utility bill.
– Accepting Plant waste, fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, filters, tea bags and egg shells
– No Liquids of any kind
– Do not separate or bag individual items
– No Proteins
The program began May 8th and ends October 31st. Watch martensville.ca for the pick-up schedule, to sign up and for more information about the program.