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Water restrictions do’s and don’ts

From the city of Calgary please read the following rules for our current water restrictions and look for updates at:

Please also find attached a pdf with translations of instructions in English, Tagalog, Amharic, Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi Shahmukhi, Ukrainian, Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Hindi, Punjabi Gurmukhi, and Vietmanese.

The following is not allowed under the current Stage 4

water restrictions:

All outdoor water use is temporarily banned.

At this time don’t:

  • Water lawns, gardens, flowers, trees and shrubs with City water

  • Fill outdoor pools or hot tubs

  • Wash outdoor surfaces, including:

    • Windows

    • Exterior building surfaces

    • Sidewalks, driveways or walkways

    • Fill fountains or decorative water features

  • Wash your car in the driveway or street

  • Use water for construction purposes such as grading, compaction or dust control

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this


Want to do more?

Reducing indoor water and non-essential use will help our water treatment plants, rivers and reservoirs catch up with demand.

Do You can help reduce your indoor water use by:

  • Using the dishwasher and washing machine only when required and with full loads

  • Turning off humidifiers, ice machines and automatic sprinkler systems

  • Scraping your plate clean rather than rinsing off food

  • Washing vegetables and fruit in a partially filled sink or pot and then rinse them quickly

  • Keeping a jug of drinking water in your fridge.

  • Don’t run the tap to get ice-cold water

  • Turning off the tap when brushing teeth or shaving

  • Limiting showers to three minutes or less and keeping baths shallow if you’re able to do so (e.g., people with mobility challenges).

Water Restrictions Translations
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