June 13th, 2024

Calgary mayor apologizes for communication gaps as city works to repair water main

By The Canadian Press on June 9, 2024.

Calgary's mayor is apologizing for failing to communicate better with residents as the city continues to urge water conservation until a major feeder main that failed last week is repaired. Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek speaks at an announcement in Calgary on April 25, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgary’s mayor is apologizing for failing to communicate better with residents as the city continues to urge water conservation until a major feeder main that failed last week is repaired.

Jyoti Gondek acknowledged during a news conference on Sunday that Calgary’s communication with citizens was much better back in 2013 when the city faced devastating flooding.

Gondek says she perhaps could have warned people from the beginning that it would be between five to seven days to fix the feeder pipe and flush the lines, but she says that information wasn’t available until crews were finally able to uncover the broken pipe on Friday.

The mayor is still saying repairs could take five to seven days, and until then, Calgarians must restrict their water use to prevent the city’s underground reservoirs from running out.

Gondek says people have asked for examples of how they can conserve water, and the city could have done a better job explaining how.

She says everyone in Calgary was asked to cut water consumption by 25 per cent, and is now saying that amount is equal to five toilet flushes.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2024.

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