The City of Airdrie is asking residents and businesses to voluntarily conserve water while the City of Calgary performs scheduled maintenance work on their section of the large main waterline that feeds into Airdrie. Team Leader of Water Services, Glenn Archer explains.

Airdrie's main waterline in Pump Station at Nose Creek Park

While the work is being completed, water for Airdrie will be provided by a smaller secondary line and from reservoirs. Archer says, at our current consumption, we can reasonably handle up to a three-day shutdown, although residents are still being asked to conserve water where they can to help keep our reservoirs full. The City confirms the water supply will remain clean and safe to drink.

Below are tips on how you can conserve water during the shut-down of the main waterline.

  • Only run the dishwasher when full.
  • Consider taking a shower instead of a bath.
  • Put off any unnecessary laundry until after November 17 and ensure the water level in the washing machine is appropriate for the load size.
  • Put a jug of water in the fridge for cold drinking water, rather than running the tap.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.

Inside the Airdrie South Reservoir Pump Station

The City of Airdrie is doing their part to prepare by ensuring all fire apparatus are filled prior to the shut off, holding off on flooding rinks, and putting off any City maintenance projects that require water.

If an unexpected emergency such as a major fire or water main rupture within the City happened during this timeframe, more severe mandatory reductions may be necessary.