Today's update on water restrictions brings some good news. The city of Airdrie and Calgary are easing indoor water-saving measures.

As of tomorrow, (July 3), Genesis Place pool and aquatics facilities are set to reopen. Repairs of the Calgary water main break are now at a point where Airdronians can ease off conserving so much water indoors.

With that being said, the city 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

Airdrie city crews will be flushing the water supply lines to reduce the turbidity present in the water. You may notice your tap water is cloudy but the drinking water remains safe to consume and exceeds safety standards. 

Calgary stated earlier this morning that they are doing the same and lifting the indoor water-saving measures for businesses and residents. The City of Calgary is continuing to stabilize the system and has started to gradually flow water from the Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant through the feeder main and into the rest of the water network.

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

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