Stage 1 Outdoor Water Restrictions

From Andrew Chin, Ward 4 Liason:

Stage 1 Outdoor Water Restrictions have been declared citywide by The City of Calgary effective today, August 15, 2023, until further notice.

“We continue to see dry conditions and record low natural flow levels on the Bow and Elbow Rivers,” explains Nicole Newton, Manager of Natural Environment and Adaptation. “Also, Environment Canada is predicting a warm and dry winter, so this is an important measure to help us sustain Calgary’s water supply in the Glenmore Reservoir through to the spring, as well as to support our neighbours and the river health downstream.”

The quality of The City’s drinking water remains high; this is an issue of quantity, not quality.

These restrictions apply to all customers that use water from The City of Calgary including all Calgary residences, businesses and City operations. Calgarians can still use water outdoors during Stage 1; however, there are restrictions on how and when water can be used as outlined in the Water Utility Bylaw:

  • Using a sprinkler to water lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs is limited to one day per week, for up to a maximum of two hours,according to a specific schedule that is determined by house number:
    • House numbers ending with an even number can water on Wednesday or Saturday.
    • House numbers ending with an odd number can water on Thursday or Sunday.
    • Watering is only permitted between the hours of 4-7 a.m., 9-11 a.m. or 7-10 p.m. Always check soil moisture first and use only the water that is needed.
  • On any day and at any time, Calgarians can:
    • Water their gardens, trees and shrubs using a handheld watering can or hose with shut-off spray.
    • Water new grass or seed.
    • Fill an outdoor pool or hot tub.
    • Use water collected in a rain barrel.
    • Water for construction purposes such as grading, compaction or dust control.

The following outdoor watering activities are not allowed:

  • Washing outdoor surfaces, windows, exterior building surfaces, sidewalks, driveways or walkways. As an alternative, use a broom to clean hard surfaces.
  • Washing a car on a driveway or street.
  • Filling fountains or decorative features.

There are exceptions for health and safety reasons or core business needs:

  • Washing outdoor surfaces for childcare facilities, food and beverage establishments and kennel and animal care facilities.
  • Washing vehicles to follow health and safety regulations.
  • Watering plants, shrubs and trees for sale.
  • Exterior window washing and car washing provided by a business with a license to provide these services.

We know we can count on Calgarians to do their part to help us during this drought situation; however, while The City strives to take an education-first approach with citizens, violations of these restrictions may lead to fines starting at $400.

For the most recent updates, watering schedule information and full outdoor water restriction details, visit or call 311.

Click here for b-roll showing examples of efficient outdoor water use.


Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Best regards,

Andrew Chin

Ward 4 liaison to Cllr. Sean Chu

Cambrian Heights Community Needs a Treasurer

Our Community will need a new volunteer to handle accounting and financial responsibility starting in June 2023. Great systems in place for a small community and our current Treasurer assisting in the transition. Help your community while at the same time gaining a better understanding of local issues and help shape our future.

Contact us at for more information.

Waste & Recycling Services Compost Giveaway

The City of Calgary is offering complimentary compost for residents to use in their yards and gardens this spring. The compost is made from the food and yard waste collected through the Green Cart program.

Compost will be available for pickup, by online appointment only, from April 25 to June 11 at Shepard (South) and Spyhill (North) landfills during operating hours.

  • April 25 – May 14 appointments: Available to book starting April 18
  • May 16 – May 28 appointments: Available to book starting May 9
  • May 30 – June 11 appointments: Available to book starting May 23

The appointment booking tool will be available starting April 18 on

  • When the appointment booking tool is live, select which location you will be picking up your compost.
  • Select a date and time to pick up compost – appointments are booked in 15-minute slots.
  • Save the confirmation email, on your smartphone or printed, as you will be asked to show it to the site attendant when you check in.
  • Please arrive on time for your appointment.
  • If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment time, you can cancel your appointment through your confirmation email and rebook a timeslot at a later date.

To ensure there is a fair opportunity for all citizens to pick up compost, households may pick up compost once for the 2022 year.

Participants should bring:
o   Shovel
o   Gloves
o   Containers to hold compost (buckets, tubs, etc.)
o   Tarps

Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Update

The Varsity Multi Service Redevelopment project will affect access to the household hazardous waste drop-off at Varsity Fire Station #17.

Effective April 13, 2022, the household hazardous waste drop-off at Varsity Fire Station will temporarily move to Bowness Fire Station #15, located at 6328 35 Avenue NW. Please take your household hazardous waste to this location instead.

The drop-off shed is open from 8 am to 6 pm seven days a week and is serviced daily to keep waste levels to a minimum. Outside of operating hours, the shed is locked.

Why was Bowness Fire Station chosen?

Bowness Fire Station was chosen because of the space available at the site for a household hazardous waste shed and is located close enough to Varsity that it is still convenient for residents in surrounding communities to access the drop-off.

An alternative household hazardous waste drop-off in the northwest is Spyhill Landfill at 11808 69 Street NW.

How long will the drop-off be at Bowness Fire Station?

Depending on construction timelines, the household hazardous waste drop-off will remain at Bowness Fire Station for the next two years. We will inform the community of any changes that arise.

What if there are parking/traffic concerns?

The household hazardous waste shed is used for drop-off only. Citizens should not park there for extended periods of time—only for a few minutes to drop off their household hazardous waste.

There should be a minimal increase in traffic, due to the drop-off nature of the HHW shed and customer flow is typically scattered throughout the day.

What should residents do with household hazardous waste?

Household hazardous waste such as paint, propane tanks, automotive and cleaning chemicals don’t belong in your blue, green or black carts. Take these items to household hazardous waste drop-off at City landfills or designated fire stations for safe disposal.

Make sure to properly package and label your household hazardous waste before taking to a drop-off location. This is for your safety and the safety of employees who collect and handle your leftover chemicals. It also protects against spills and prevents the mixing of chemicals.

Check the full list of acceptable items at

Have your say on The City’s Snow and Ice Program

Calgary is a winter city, and with winter comes snow. The City responds to snow using our Council approved 7-day Snow Plan.

Did you know that our snow response is guided by The City’s Snow and Ice Control Policy? This Policy is used to establish priorities and set standards for the service levels of our snow response. This policy has not been updated since 2011 and we are looking for public input on how we can explore new opportunities, make improvements, and plan how we respond to snow events in the future.

Starting today The City of Calgary will be accepting public submissions to our Snow and Ice Policy review engagement. Citizens can go to where they can provide input through a short nine-question survey that should take between five and seven minutes to complete. We are looking for multiple perspectives and to know about individual experiences as it relates to our winter services. This engagement is open to all Calgarians who wish to participate.

“This is an important first step in The City’s policy review,” says Adam Pawlak, Leader of Planning and Operations of The City of Calgary’s Roads business unit. “We want to know what is important to Calgarians, and how they feel about their snow services. Our goal is to determine what citizen priorities are when it comes to winter service in this city.”

Following the policy review, The City will provide a report back to Council in 2023. The engagement portal will be open from March 1 through March 25 and can be seen at slash snow.

Residential Water Meter Upgrades

As a continuation of our Meter Exchange Program that began in September of 2013, we have arranged for exchanges of meters in the Ward 4 area. The program ensures water meters remain reliable and enables a more efficient water meter reading service.

In the next few weeks, we will begin to contact customers in the Ward 4, communities that have water meters identified as part of our standard process as requiring replacement. The number of meters being replaced in these communities totals approximately 1150 and the communities affected are listed below.




Why is The City exchanging my meter, it seems like you just installed it?
As part of a life cycle replacement program, The City continues to update our older meters that
have reached the end of their life cycle with newer and more efficient meters that are equipped
with Encoded Receiver Transmitter (ERT) technology. This technology allows meters to be read
by a portable device at a distance, which no longer requires monthly access to properties in
order to read their water meters.


What do I have to do as a customer?
As a customer you will need to book an appointment with our contractor, Metercor, when they
contact you. If there is anything blocking access to the meter we ask if you can clear the space
to allow us to work. The exchange of the meter is a simple process and will take less than an
hour of your time.



Who installs the meters?
Metercor is the only City-approved contractor who will be completing the meter exchanges.


What appointment and scheduling options are available for customers?
Flexible Meter Exchange appointment times are available including evenings and weekends. Appointments can easily be booked over the phone or online.

• Phone: 403.280.3070 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday

• Online:

Virtual Information Session for Property Owners

This virtual information session is open to Calgary home and business owners, who may have questions about their 2022 Property Assessment The event will be hosted on MS Teams and property owners are asked to register for the event through Eventbrite.

Event: Ask The City Assessor

This virtual information session is open to Calgary home and business owners, who may have questions about their 2022 Property Assessment.

About this Event:
This virtual information session is open to Calgary home and business owners, who may have questions about their 2022 Property Assessment. During this session, City Assessor, Eddie Lee, will answer questions on how property assessments work. There will be a short presentation followed by a question and answer period. Property owners are encouraged to ask general questions. Due to privacy concerns, Mr. Lee will not answer property-specific questions during this session. Those questions will be noted and responded to via email. This will be a virtual event held on MS Teams. When registered the link will be provided via email. For more information about your 2022 Property Assessment please visit

Date: Jan. 18, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Virtual, on MS Teams, Register on Eventbrite

Keep your home safe this holiday season

Here is some valuable information for our community members to keep their homes safe during the holiday season. Thank you to the Calgary Police Service for putting together this comprehensive list!

  • Never leave your garage door opener in your vehicle.
  • Lock your vehicle and remove all valuables.
  • Make sure your driveway/ front step is shoveled/ Newspapers picked up ( When you leave town and don’t have someone leave prints or shovel- bad guys know you’re not home)
  • Make sure you are locking the front door, back door, locking sheds, ensuring your garage door is down and man door is locked)
  • Look out for your neighbours property  ( look for suspicious vehicles in your area)
  • Always report any crime ( 911, non-emergency 403-266-1234, or report online Coplogic)
  • If you see someone car prowling or lurking in a neighbours back yard – call 911
  • Leave a light on inside your house with a timer.
  • Keep your residence lit up (Motion lights/ House lights/Cameras
There have been an increase in break and enters to detached garages lately.
  • Record your serial number on bikes
  • Lock your bike up- even ifs it’s inside your garage or shed.
  • Don’t leave spare sets of keys to vehicles in your garage.
This biggest and last tip of them all. Don’t fall for these constant Phone Scams.
  • Don’t provide any of your contact information over the phone.
  • Never provide your banking information/ card numbers to people calling you.
  • If they ask you to buy bitcoin/ gift cards/ iTunes cards/ google play cards/ pre-paid visas/ western union/ money orders in a form of payment this is 100% a SCAM.


John Laurie Boulevard N.W. Restoration and Reconstruction project Update

I would like to provide you with an update regarding the John Laurie Boulevard N.W. Restoration and Reconstruction project.

Construction & detour updates
Reconstruction on the south side of the intersection of John Laurie Boulevard and Brisebois Drive N.W. is proceeding as scheduled, and expected to be complete on Tuesday, September 24.

As part of this work, a full closure of Brisebois Drive N.W. at the intersection of John Laurie Boulevard N.W. will be taking place from the morning of Tuesday, September 7, straight through until the evening of Saturday, September 11, 2021.

Detour routes for all modes of travel will be in place via Charleswood Drive N.W. and Shaganappi Trail N.W. Eastbound and westbound traffic on John Laurie Boulevard N.W. will be maintained, with turning movements onto Brisebois Drive N.W. restricted. Please refer to the attached map for details.

Detour signage and Variable Message Boards will be on-site to help direct traffic and updates and will be shared via the project webpage and email newsletter.

The project team will work hard to minimize the impacts to commuters and travellers in the area as much as possible, however delays are expected. We are asking the public to please follow all posted signage in the construction area, including speed reductions.

New multi-use pathway connection
A new multi-use pathway connection and accessibility ramps will be built at the northwest corner of the Shaganappi Trail and John Laurie Boulevard N.W. intersection, in coordination with the John Laurie Boulevard N.W. reconstruction project. The addition of this missing link in the 5A Network will enhance accessibility and connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians, providing an important connection from the community of Edgemont to Nose Hill Park and the Shaganappi Trail N.W. intersection.

Completing this connection in conjunction with the John Laurie Boulevard N.W. intersection improvements project, while crews are active in the area, will allow pathway construction to be completed more efficiently and avoid future impacts from completing this work at a later date.

Construction of the pathway is scheduled to be complete in fall 2021.

We will continue to provide your association with updates regarding this project. If you would like to share project updates with the public, I recommend that you direct them to our project web page where they can also sign up for the email newsletter. Feel free to also share the above information via your channels.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the project team at

Triwood Farmers Market

Triwood Community Association proudly supports local businesses. Their goal is to connect consumers with local businesses and offer consumers a diverse selection of products. Consumers can be sure they are purchasing the highest quality goods from local sources. This also ensures that the majority of purchased goods help support the local economy.

Every Tuesday from June 1 – September 28

2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW