Earlier this week, Airdrie implemented water restrictions due to what the City says are drought conditions.

However, due to the scorching heat this past week, residents have been inquiring whether the Chinook Winds Splash Park will still be operational during the water restrictions.

"The spray park runs on recirculated, filtered water so it will still be open as usual," a spokesperson for the city said.

And as far as car wash businesses go, The City clarified there are no restrictions for commercial car washes but residents cannot wash their cars on their driveway.

"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."

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. 

Residents and businesses are allowed to water gardens, trees and shrubs using handheld containers but are asked to avoid watering at the hottest point in the day.

The City of Airdrie informed residents that there will be water resttictions in place due to drought conditions. (Graphic credit to The City of Airdrie)The City of Airdrie informed residents that there will be water restrictions in place due to drought conditions. (Graphic credit to The City of Airdrie)

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."

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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