Alberta town mandates drought-tolerant grasses be grown on new lawns
Bylaw established to conserve water
November 27, 2023 By Turf & Rec
Lawns in new communities within Okotoks, Alta. must be grown to drought-tolerant grasses, according to a new bylaw.
The order was mandated as a means of conserving water. Okotoks is located in a semi-arid region with a growing population. Outdoor water use this past summer increased 30 per cent.
A local councillor noted new communities must be both sustainable and water efficient.
The bylaw forces new residential builds to include only turfgrasses that meet town requirements.
A rebate program has been established to offset the price difference between traditional and drought-tolerant grasses.
Penalties for non-compliance won’t be issued for the first two years.
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