City Moving to Stage 1 Outdoor Water Restrictions
As you are likely aware, we are currently experiencing some very dry conditions in Calgary. Natural water flow on the Bow and Elbow Rivers is currently at record low levels. As of today, the City is implementing Stage 1 Outdoor Water Restrictions. This will help manage Calgary’s water supply needed in the Glenmore Reservoir to sustain our city over the winter and into the spring given that Environment Canada is predicting a warm and dry winter. It also supports our neighbours downstream who depend on the river, and it will protect river health.
These restrictions apply to everyone in the City of Calgary, with a few exceptions for core business needs and health and safety. That includes all residences, businesses, and even City of Calgary operations. The City will continue to watch the situation closely, and restrictions will be in place until further notice.
The Stage 1 outdoor water restrictions are simple but disobeying them can come with a significant fine. They restrict the amount of time that sprinklers can be used based on day of the week and house number. They also restrict the use of water features and outdoor washing. Hand watering, watering new grass, filling of outdoor pools, and watering for construction purposes, among other things, are still unrestricted.