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Water, Water Everywhere: Calgary-area collision centres reducing water usage amid catastrophic water main break

Image courtesy of the City of Calgary

Calgary, Alberta — As Calgary, Alberta, attempts to make strides to rectify a catastrophic water main break, collision centres in the area are being mindful of water usage.

Mike Nichol, general manager of Simplicity Car Care Airdrie, told Collision Repair on Monday that they’re following the city’s orders and keeping a watchful eye on their water usage.

“We are being asked to reduce water consumption wherever possible,” added Nichol.

Franco Borrelli, owner of Simplicity Car Care Calgary Central Hallmark Auto Body, said his facility is also answering calls to conserve water.

“We’ve mostly been affected by having to shorten our wash times in the detail department,” said Borrelli.

So far repairs to the broken main are estimated to take at least a week, and the City of Calgary is cautioning residents to continue conservation measures until the main is fixed.

Simplicity Car Care Airdrie is located approximately 40 kilometres from the break, which is around the Bowness and Montgomery area, along 16th Ave. NW. Residents of Airdrie, Chestermere and Strathmore–locales around Calgary–are also being asked to watch their water usage.

The water main broke last Friday. On Sunday, Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek said water consumption is down, and that Calgarians have abided by the city’s requests. As of Wednesday, water consumption was around 650 million litres. By Sunday, consumption was down to 440 million litres.

This is a developing story.

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