Alert | State of Local Emergency in Effect

City declares State of Local Emergency. Water restrictions and Fire ban in place. Our water is safe to drink.

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Updated June 22, 2024 at 8 a.m.

A State of Local Emergency is in effect. 

On June 5, there was a catastrophic break in the feeder main that moves most of the water from the Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant through the city. Since then, we have detected five additional hot spots on the feeder main in need of urgent repair.

While repair work is underway, Calgary, Strathmore, Airdrie, Chestermere and the Tsuut’ina Nation are relying on the Glenmore Water Treatment Plant for almost all of their water needs.

To make sure we have enough water for essential needs, we’re asking Calgarians, businesses and neighbours to continue to reduce their water use by 25%. Together, we can make every drop count!

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Fire ban in effect

To help prevent any unnecessary fires, we have implemented a city-wide fire ban, effective immediately. The fire ban includes all City parks.

Learn more about the fire ban

Service interruptions

Some City services are affected by the water main break.

Learn more about interrupted services

Traffic impacts

The following closures will be in effect until the completion of the feeder main repairs:

  • Westbound lanes along 16 Avenue NW from 49 Street NW to Home Road will remain closed. Eastbound lanes will be open.
  • 16 Avenue NW will be closed in both directions from 46 Street NW and 45 Street NW
  • 16 Avenue NW will be closed in both directions from 43 Street NW to Bowness Road NW
  • East/West traffic will be detoured onto Bowness Rd. Expect delays.
  • Eastbound detour starts at 46 Street to Bowness Road and re-enters 16 Avenue at the Shaganappi Trail interchange

Expect significant delays. Please consider working from home if you are able. Plan to use alternate routes or give yourself extra commute time. 

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