Tuesday, April 20, 2010

City Asks Calgarians in northeast/northwest and Airdrie residents to voluntarily limit water use

The City is asking Calgarians living in the northwest and northeast and Airdrie residents to voluntarily limit their indoor and outdoor water use for the next 48 hours as a precautionary measure in light of a potential water shortage.

Maintenance and inspection work on a large feedermain combined with high water demand as a result of unseasonably high temperatures have created the potential for a water shortage in this area of the city.

Residents and businesses can help reduce overall water use during this time by refraining from outdoor water use, such as:
  • watering of lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs with a sprinkler or
  • irrigation system.
  • washing down outdoor surfaces, exterior building surfaces, sidewalks, driveways or walkways of any sort.
  • using water for filling outdoor decorative features, fountains, pools or hot tubs.
To reduce indoor water use:
  • Delay a load of laundry.
  • Run only fully-loaded dishwashers and washing machines.
  • Using a garbage can, not a toilet to dispose of trash.
  • Take short showers and turn off taps.
  • Turn off humidifiers and ice machines.
“Calgarians are always extremely cooperative pitching in during a situation where we need to reduce water consumption,” says Paul Fesko, Manager Strategic Services, City of Calgary Water Services. “We are asking customers in the northwest and northeast for their help in reducing their non-essential water use over the next 48 hours.”

Fesko adds that customers should not be concerned about the quality of the drinking water. The water being produced for Calgary and Airdrie is still of its normal high quality.

For more information, please call 3-1-1, or visit www.calgary.ca

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