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Water main repairs still on schedule as Calgary continues to conserve water: Gondek

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Calgarians continue to conserve water but the mayor wants city residents to try to do a little bit better.

At her Saturday morning update, the mayor said Friday’s water consumption came in at 462 million litres, which meant another day below the city's threshold level.

“That’s good,” Gondek said, “But I know we could do better.

“If we could cut consumption a bit, that would give us a bit more latitude in case there’s an emergency.”

Gondek said repairs to five hotspots were progressing on schedule, with a hopeful target date of the Stampede Parade still within sight.

River water available

With a hot, sunny weekend ahead, she asked city residents to hold off on watering lawns and gardens a little bit longer.

Alternatively, at the 2 p.m. update, announced that residents can access non-potable river water this weekend at two different locations, at West Baker Park and in Ogden at the boat launch.

They said to bring your own container.

The city is exploring the possibility of opening more locations over the coming days.

River water is not safe for drinking.

It's also available at the same locations for businesses doing work requiring dust control, compacting dirt or gravel surfaces and establishing new landscaping projects.

"We've provided a solution for businesses in the interim," said Gondek, in a release. "With a short construction season, we want to make sure these industries are able to continue their work. With these (water) sites, they will be able to access the river's water to keep building."

And if you’re planning to enjoy a sunny afternoon on a patio, she suggested visiting one in Bowness, where businesses have seen a decline in business since the onset of the water main break several weeks ago.

The next update from the city is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

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