Despite cooler weather and autumn beginning in a little over two weeks, The City of Airdrie is still under water restrictions. The restrictions have been in place since August 15.
"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.
According to data from the province, Airdrie, Calgary and much of the surrounding areas are observing very low water levels. In the Calgary area, the Elbow River has low flow conditions, and water flow is considered below Instream. The same advisory is in place for Fish Creek. Nose Creek flow is below the minimum flow threshold.
Local forecasts predict little precipitation in the coming days and above-average temperatures. Average highs for Airdrie during September have historically been around 17.9 Degrees Celsius, although the area may see temperatures as high as 25 degrees in the coming days.
Stage two water restrictions mean that watering of lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs is limited to one day per week as per a schedule, for a maximum duration of one hour within the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., or 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.
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.
"Municipal Enforcement will follow-up with education for residents not following restrictions, however, if it becomes a repeat offence they may administer fines based on the Waterwork Bylaw," The City previously stated in response to a question on how the restrictions will be enforced.
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.
The City of Calgary also continues to be under water restrictions.
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