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Calgary opens up access to companies needing water during crisis

The City of Calgary will open a second water collection site along the Bow River Friday, to provide non-potable water for construction work.

“This was something we need to do to keep the construction schedule on track. We know there are a lot of folks out there building homes and needing a place to live. Construction needs to keep pace,” Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek said Thursday.

The first water collection site opened Thursday at the West Baker Park boat launch.

A second at the Ogden boat launch will open on Friday.

The Ogden boat launch will be closed for regular use, while the West Baker Park boat launch will remain open.

Those allowed to draw from the Bow include:

  • Contractors with active development permits;
  • Commercial landscapers;
  • Bulk water users with hydrant agreements; and
  • Contractors on capital projects.

Stage four water restrictions are in place, meaning all outdoor water use is prohibited until further notice.

The original water main break has been fixed and the city is halfway done replacing five pipe segments with structural deficiencies.

All work could be complete by July 5, but it may take up to five weeks.

Gondek will have a live update at 8:30 a.m.

(With files from Alesia Fieldberg)

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