July 19th, 2024

Test water flowing through repaired Calgary pipe, full service days away

By The Canadian Press on June 26, 2024.

Calgary's mayor says a ruptured pipe that's created a water crisis in the region is fixed and work begins today to fill it with water for testing. Crews continue to work to repair a major water main break and five other weak spots in Calgary, Saturday, June 22, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY – Water is flowing again in a massive Calgary pipe – test water.

Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek says work has started to fill the repaired pipe with water for testing.

She says construction around the pipe might seem complete, but several steps need to happen before water service is fully restored for July 5 or sooner.

The Calgary Stampede summer festival begins on that day.

Gondek says until then Calgarians can’t lose focus and need to keep reducing their water use by 25 per cent to avoid the taps going dry.

Calgary, a city of 1.6 million people, and surrounding municipalities have been under a combination of mandatory and voluntary water restrictions since the water main burst June 5.

Gondek says she plans to reach out to her counterpart in Quebec City to offer support and expertise as that city also deals with a major water main break.

She says Calgary can be a leader in helping other cities receive fair funding as their aging water infrastructure needs replacing.

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