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Stage 4 Outdoor water restrictions in effect

Updated June 19, 2024 at 4:50 p.m.
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Stopping outdoor water use is the single biggest step Calgarians can take to reduce the strain on the system while we repair the critical water main break.

It will help ensure we have enough water to meet Calgary’s essential needs for drinking water and firefighting. Please note that the quality of your drinking water remains high; this is an issue of quantity, not quality.

The restrictions apply to all residences and businesses along with City of Calgary operations. Violations may lead to fines starting at $3,000.

Our regional customers including the City of Airdrie, the City of Chestermere, Tsuut’ina Nation and the Town of Strathmore, also have water restrictions in place and are asking residents and businesses to reduce their water use. Please check with the local authority for details.

The following is not allowed during the water restrictions:

All outdoor water use is banned under Stage 4 Water Restrictions. At this time:


  • Water lawns, gardens, flowers, trees and shrubs with City water
  • Use outdoor automatic sprinkler systems
  • Fill outdoor pools or hot tubs
  • Wash outdoor surfaces, including:
    • Windows
    • Exterior building surfaces
    • Sidewalks, driveways or walkways
  • Fill fountains or decorative water features
  • Wash your car in the driveway or street
  • Use water for construction purposes such as grading, compaction or dust control

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

Complaints related to watering restrictions

You can submit Water Restrictions and Misuse (Bylaw) requests

  • outdoor watering during the water restriction
  • overwatering 
  • water running onto the sreet/sidewalk
  • broken equipment leaking water


  • Capture rainwater and greywater inside your home to water plants and gardens.

Frequently asked questions

Read our frequently asked questions about the critical water main break.