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Officials provide update on water line repairs and continued restrictions

Officials provide update on water line repairs and continued restrictions
Officials provide update on water line repairs and continued restrictions

As Calgary’s water supply situation continues to improve, authorities are gradually easing restrictions that have been in place for weeks after a catastrophic main rupture on June 5 plunged Calgary into crisis.

Officials will provide an update today on the impact of the Bearspaw South Main Supply Line rupture after the city moved from Stage 4 to Stage 3 outdoor water restrictions and lifted its fire ban last weekend.

Under the lower restrictions, plants may be watered by hand using a can or container, but sprinklers and hoses are not allowed.

Companies can use water for construction purposes, such as dust control and leveling.

Public outdoor pools and city-operated spray parks were exempted from Stage 3 restrictions and opened on Saturday. Some splash parks opened on Sunday.

According to the City of Calgary, the pipe is now operating at 55 percent capacity, while pressure has continued to build gradually. Testing is still being conducted on the line.

Watch the live update at 2 p.m. ET on the CBC Calgary website or YouTube page.