The City of Calgary is no longer under a state of local emergency.

Even though the state of local emergency expired, the stage four outdoor water restrictions still remain in place.

City of Calgary officials continue reintroducing the repaired feeder main to the system. City staff continue to monitor the pipe as pressure is increased slowly.

"The Bearspaw South Feeder Main has been flowing at 50 per cent water capacity and 73 per cent of normal operating pressure. To support bringing on more pressure and flow to the feeder main, we are now undertaking a full condition assessment of the 11 kilometres using a piece of technology called a PipeDiver," stated the City of Calgary.

For large-diameter pipe inspections, the PipeDiver is an electromagnetic and ultrasonic pipe inspection tool with great resolution. It functions while the pipe is in use, offering an evaluation of the pipe wall's condition, including locating any areas of concern and determining whether there are any wire breaks in the pipe.

"The inspection is taking place today and it will take approximately 12 hours for the device to swim the length of the pipe and collect data. We expect to receive the results in three to four weeks. After assessing the results, we will use this data to inform if there is further investigation or repair work needed."

After the removal of the PipeDriver the next step in the continual monitoring will be placing fiberoptic cable throughout the pipe. This is a longer-term monitoring equipment which will provide information on further deterioration of the pipe.

As of Wednesday, Genesis Place pool and aquatics facilities in Airdrie reopened as repairs of the Calgary water main break were at a point where Airdronians can ease off conserving so much water indoors.

With that being said, the City of Airdrie is still strongly encouraging residents to slowly get back to their normal routine and not hop back in all at once. Here are some tips the city has provided on how we can help conserve water:

  • Use dishwasher and washing machine only when required and with full loads.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Limit showers to five minutes or less and keep baths shallow.
  • Scrape plates clean rather than rinsing food off.
  • Turn off humidifiers and ice machines, delay washing vehicles,
  • Businesses using large volumes of non-essential water, such as laundromats and car washes, are being asked to reduce water use.
  • Businesses using water to deliver a product or service that is life-sustaining for people and animals are exempt. Other exemptions include any businesses that must use water to meet health code standards, such as health centres and restaurants.

The level four outdoor water restrictions are still in place. Here is what you are still restricted from doing.

  • Water lawns, gardens, trees, shrubs and flowers by any method other than rainwater.
  • Wash down any outdoor surfaces, including exterior building surfaces, windows, sidewalks, driveways, or walkways of any sort unless your business requires it to for health and safety reasons.
  • Wash cars on driveways or streets.
  • Fill outdoor decorative features, fountains, pools, or hot tubs.
  • Use potable water for construction purposes such as grading, compaction, or dust control

Calgary remains under a fire ban, while Airdrie has been downgraded to a fire advisory.

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