Jun 15, 2024

By Jeremy Logan

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The City of Calgary is declaring a state of local emergency after officials reported Friday that work to repair a burst water main is expected to take at least three to five more weeks.

According to Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek, she signed the paperwork to declare the emergency on Saturday morning after an investigation of the broken pipe revealed five more areas in need of repairs.

Gondek says the declaration grants the city powers it ordinarily wouldn’t have, such as permitting city workers to enter private property to expedite repairs.

To facilitate speeding up that process, Gondek says the city has been talking to municipalities across the continent, along with the private sector, to source parts, equipment and expertise.

Gondek reinforced an appeal to residents and businesses to reduce water usage during the crisis, noting that the city reached its maximum threshold of 480 million litres used on Friday.

With a population of smome 1.6 million people, Calgary, along with some nearby municipalities including Airdrie and Chestermere, have been under a combination of mandatory and voluntary water cutback rules since the major water line ruptured in Calgary’s northwest on June 5.

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