On Thursday afternoon, The City of Airdrie said that it has moved from a fire ban to a fire advisory, though the outdoor watering ban is still in place. 

"This change is due to reduced fire risk, because of greener grass/trees and rain in the near forecast. A fire advisory means no permits for burning will be approved," The City stated.

However, it was noted that the Airdrie Fire Department will postpone hydrant training and other training that requires water usage until the water system returns to its normal state in accordance with level four restrictions.

"Please keep fires small and only in designated fire rings or boxes. Never leave your fire unattended. Completely extinguish fires. If you have collected rainwater—soak it, stir it and soak it again until it is cool to the touch before leaving it."

On Wednesday morning, Airdrie city officials said that as of now, Canada Day fireworks are going ahead as planned at Chinook Winds Regional Park on July 1 starting at 10:45 p.m.

Updates on the filling of the water feeder main in Calgary 

Calgary City officials have said that crews will be checking for additional breaks and monitoring pressure levels as the filling of the water main is occurring, with the filling expected to continue until tomorrow. It is expected the flushing of the pipe will also happen on Friday.

"This work will be staged in three areas of Edworthy Park, which will be closed to public access. Initially, there may be some discolouration and sediment coming out of the pipe," a Calgary City news release stated.

The City underlined that they are working with Alberta Environment and Protected Areas to ensure that they mitigate the environmental impact of the water entering the Bow River.

"Water will be released through fire hydrants and dechlorinated before reaching the river. This water will be sampled by Alberta Health Services."

Wednesday’s water use for the Calgary area was 473 million litres, a 21 per cent reduction in water use.

"It is imperative that we remain under our threshold so demand does not outstrip supply. We have renewed our state of local emergency, which has been in effect since June 15. This reinforces the urgency and priority of this response as we work with crews, contractors and partners to restore water service," The City underlined.

"The City has developed contingency plans should we encounter additional issues, and we are prepared to respond rapidly."

A fire ban remains in effect for the City of Calgary. 

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