On Tuesday, August 15, it was announced that Airdrie has implemented stage two water restrictions.
"The City of Airdrie is facing drought conditions and it is crucial that we all do our part to conserve water. Stage two water restrictions have been initiated to ensure the responsible use of our water resources," The City stated on its website.
As per the city during stage two water restrictions, the following applies:
- Watering of lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs is limited to one day per week (water on one of the days allowed on the watering schedule), for a maximum duration of one hour within the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 .am., 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., or 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.
- Residents and businesses are allowed to water gardens, trees and shrubs using handheld containers but please avoid watering at the hottest point in the day.
Cleaning building exteriors and windows is not permitted, and neither is the filling of recreational water bodies including hot tubs, swimming and wading pools is not permitted. Filling fountains and other decorative features is also not permitted. Water use for construction, including grading, compaction and dust control is permitted.
The announcement follows suit with what The City of Calgary announced earlier today. However, Calgary is currently under Stage 1 Outdoor Water Restrictions until further notice.
"We continue to see dry conditions and record low natural flow levels on the Bow and Elbow Rivers," explained Nicole Newton, Manager of Natural Environment and Adaptation. "Also, Environment Canada is predicting a warm and dry winter, so this is an important measure to help us sustain Calgary’s water supply in the Glenmore Reservoir through to the spring, as well as to support our neighbours and the river health downstream."
These restrictions apply to all customers that use water from The City of Calgary including all Calgary residences, businesses and City operations.
According to The City of Airdrie, water restrictions only come into effect during a water shortage. A level two water shortage is described as being, 'declared in times of drought, emergency (like the floods in 2013), distribution issues or infrastructure failure.
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