City issues outdoor water ban

June 22, 2013/ For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – The City of Airdrie is issuing an outdoor water ban effective immediately in order to help reduce the pressures on water treatment plants in Calgary.

The following outdoor activities are prohibited:

  • Washing down outdoor surfaces, exterior building surfaces, sidewalks, driveways, or walkways of any sort.
  • Watering of lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs by any method; also ensure that sprinklers on timers are turned off.
  • Using water for filling outdoor decorative features, fountains, pools or hot tubs.
  • Using water for construction purposes such as grading or compaction.

In addition, the City of Calgary continues to request that Calgarians, businesses and regional customers in Strathmore, Chestermere and Airdrie continue to only use indoor tap water that they absolutely need. Residents should please:

  • limit toilet flushing
  • limit showers to five minutes or less and keep baths shallow
  • hold off on doing laundry
  • only use your dishwasher if absolutely necessary and you have a full load
  • turn off taps when brushing teeth or shaving
  • don’t wash your vehicle

City residents can use rain water captured in a rain barrel to water outdoors. Water quality remains good. The outdoor water ban has been issued under Water Works Bylaw B-11/2012.


Media contact:
Glen Archer, Team Leader, Water Services, Public Works
City of Airdrie
403.948.8800 ext.6371


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