Caution | Outdoor water restrictions in effect

Stage 3 outdoor water restrictions are in effect. Learn more about how City services are impacted and what you can do during this stage.

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July 17, 2024 update

  • Stage 3 Outdoor Water Restrictions remain in place.
  • In order to move to Stage 2 Outdoor Water restrictions, we need to increase the flow of water through the feeder main.
  • To do this, we turned on an additional pump at the Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant on Monday.
  • We have been carefully monitoring for wire snaps and other signs of stress within the pipe. As of Wednesday afternoon, no new wire snaps have been detected.
  • We are continuing to monitor the pipe through Wednesday night, and we’ll make a final decision on whether to move to Stage 2 Outdoor Watering Restrictions early Thursday morning.
  • If we can move to Stage 2, it will mean that you’ll be able to water using a hose and nozzle, and with a sprinkler for up to an hour a week on a set schedule.
  • Full details of what to expect under each stage of restrictions are available to review.
  • July 16 water demand was 557 million litres. We do expect use to increase as the weather gets warmer.


For information on:

  • Factors and timeline for easing Outdoor Water Restrictions.
  • Feeder main capacity and concerns, and how those are being managed.

The next update will be Thursday at 9 a.m. on

About the water main break

On the evening of Wednesday, June 5, The City discovered a large water main break in the Bowness and Montgomery area.

The break was on the Bearspaw South Feeder Main, a critical transmission line that carries most of the water from the Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant into Calgary’s water distribution network.

The initial break and five additional “hot spots” – areas needing emergency repair – were fixed. Indoor water use returned to normal, and Calgary moved to Stage 3 Outdoor Water Restrictions, which allowed for some outdoor water use.

Plans are underway to increase the flow of water through the pipe, which could allow for Outdoor Water Restrictions to be lowered. Increasing the flow will add pressure and stress to the pipe, so teams are moving through this process cautiously, and doing careful monitoring.

Currently, Calgary remains under Stage 3 outdoor water restrictions.