Calgary water crisis: City concerned about high consumption

The City of Calgary shares concerns about the increasing amount of water being used by residents as the recently repaired system is not yet fully operational.

On Tuesday, the city said that while all physical repairs are complete, crews are still struggling to stabilize the water system and that is hampering further progress toward easing current restrictions.

Currently, Calgarians are not allowed to use hoses or sprinklers or fill fountains and pools in their yards. Watering gardens with a sprinkler is allowed, but officials say it is still too early to move to Stage 2 of the restrictions.

Public outdoor pools, wading pools, and city-operated water parks have been exempted from the current Stage 3 outdoor water restrictions.

On Monday, 540 million litres of water were used, compared to 504 million litres on Sunday.

While the city says the system can handle the amount of water being used with indoor restrictions, it is prepared to resume daily updates on the water system to share its concerns with residents.

It will be the first time in about a week that officials will share a full update on progress toward restoring water services.

The last formal update was on July 4 when the City of Calgary reduced the local state of emergency imposed due to the water crisis.

The update is expected at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on CTV News Calgary.

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