September 22, 2017
The Kings Heights Off Leash area remains closed to minimize the risk to people and pets. The area will remain closed until the weather conditions no longer support the growth of blue-green algae.
September 8, 2017
Multiple City of Airdrie stormwater management facilities, or storm ponds, appear to have a presence of Blue Green Algae (Cyanobacteria). The City of Airdrie asks residents to avoid contact with water in all storm ponds.
Pets should not be allowed to come in contact with the water or be allowed to drink the water now or ever as stormwater ponds are never safe for swimming or drinking.
Currently, the Kings Heights Off Leash Area is closed to limit exposure to pets. Blue Green Algae is also suspected in the canals. The City of Airdrie will continue to monitor all water bodies for occurrences of algae blooms.
About Blue Green Algae
Algae blooms are natural and not uncommon in stormwater management facilities, lakes and ponds in summer months, especially with the prolonged hot dry weather.
Effects of contact with Blue Green Algae can include skin irritation, red eyes and sore throat. Consumption of this water can lead to headache, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, muscle and joint pain, liver damage, and even death.
There is no treatment to kill the toxins in the water bodies with Blue Green Algae, the best course of action is to wait for the bloom to dissipate on its own and to always avoid coming into contact with stormwater bodies.
Water Services provides, operates, maintains, repairs and inspects the existing water distribution and wastewater collection systems to supply quality water and reliable collection of wastewater to the residents and businesses of Airdrie.
For information on rates and billing, contact Utilities.
July 17, 2017 - North-South Sagewood Channel Rehabilitation
The small manmade channel connecting the natural drainage system west of 24th Street to the Sagewood stormwater management facility is susceptible to ice flows and overland flooding. As part of the City of Airdrie’s ongoing effort to control stormwater runoff and minimize flooding in this area, the north-south section of the channel between 1st Avenue NW and the north end of the stormwater management facility, will be reconstructed in fall 2017. Please see the Sagewood Reconstruction Map and Engineered Plans for exact location/details.
The reconstruction project includes channel widening and bank stabilization (similar to recent work completed on the east-west section of the channel parallelling 1St Avenue NW). The City of Airdrie will relocate city planted trees on the east side of the channel with a high chance of survival as determined by our arbourist. Vegetation will be removed, topsoil will be stripped and the channel will be widened and regraded to approximately 7 m width. Construction will be conducted within an isolation, fish will be relocated by a qualified aquatic environment specialist and sediment and erosion control measures will be in place. Geotextile will line the channel and rip-rap will be installed to prevent erosion.
The work is planned for September 2017 to minimize disturbance to wildlife and the aquatic habitat; however, it will be weather permitting. All applicable regulatory approvals will be in place prior to the start of construction. User access will be restricted during construction and pathways will be closed. Please obey all signage and area closures as we work to improve the safety and functionality of this channel.
The pathway on the east side of the channel will be re-opened following construction. Access to the west side of the channel will be limited after construction as the current green space will be used for channel widening. Following construction the hydraulic capability of the channel will be greatly increased which should minimize flooding and ice flows during storm and freeze-thaw events.
If you have questions or would like further information, please contact City of Airdrie Public Works at (403) 948-8415.
Mar 29, 2017 - King's Heights South Stormwater Pond (King's Heights Way)
Please be advised that effective March 30, 2017 the south end of the walking path will be closed for construction until further notice. Please see the attached map for more details.
There are times when infrastructure may fail. If you suspect that a water or sewer mainline break has occurred, immediately contact:
- Water Services 403.948.8415 between 8:30am - 4:30pm (Monday-Friday)
- Emergency after hours line 403.948.8800 and follow the automated attendant (after hours and statutory holidays)
A quick response will allow us to investigate and isolate the break if necessary.