At approximately 6PM last evening, the Town of Cochrane was advised that a contractor completing work on behalf of the Town had impacted our wastewater and water pipelines as they were setting up for drilling operations.
This impact was adjacent to the Bow River.
As a result of this impact, wastewater was discharging directly into the Bow River. Cochrane’s drinking water was not impacted and remains safe.
Crews were on site throughout the night working on mitigation and containment efforts. As of early this morning, wastewater is no longer entering the river and is being contained on site.
At approximately 8:30PM last evening, the Town of Cochrane activated our Emergency Coordination Centre. Through the ECC, we are in contact with the City of Calgary, Rocky View County, Alberta Environment and Alberta Health Services. Any questions specific to their systems or processes, should be directed to them.
What we need residents to know this morning:
- Please continue to avoid the area to allow crews the space to do their job.
- All pathways adjacent to the Bow River from the HWY 22 bridge to Griffin Industrial Point are closed. This includes the Jim Uffelmann Memorial Park and the paths directly adjacent to and below the HWY 22 bridge.
- Eastbound Griffin Road is down to one lane of traffic.
Follow cochrane.ca for further updates.