Water & Wastewater Incident: Update #6

Red Box info update 8pm

Over the last 24 hours, the onsite incident response team and Emergency Coordination Centre have continued to respond to the wastewater and water pipeline impacts we are experiencing in our community. During this time, a significant amount of water and wastewater has entered the Bow River. 

The Town of Cochrane has remained focused on three primary objectives: 

  1. Stop sewage flow to the Bow River. 
  2. Communicate accurate and timely information to our stakeholders. 
  3. Maintain effective and safe drinking water and reservoir levels. 

The impact to the water pipeline has resulted in a significant loss of water from our water storage facilities. Earlier today, the Town of Cochrane called upon the community to reduce water consumption. More recently, we have taken the added step of asking some of our larger water consumers to voluntarily reduce water consumption. Spray Lake Sawmills Centre has responded to this request by temporarily closing for the remainder of the evening. We sincerely appreciate these efforts as they support our critical water mitigation efforts.  

What we want residents to know: 

  • As crews work to bring Town water reservoirs back up to normal capacity, all residents and local businesses are asked to do their part to reduce water consumption to avoid any further potential community impacts. 
  • The pathways adjacent to the Bow River from the HWY 22 bridge to Griffin Industrial Point remain closed for the safety of all residents, including the Jim Uffelmann Memorial Park. 
  • The stretch of Riverview Drive that intersects with Griffin Rd will be closed while work is underway in the area. 

This is a complex and quickly evolving situation and we appreciate your cooperation as we continue to respond. 

Cochrane water remains safe to drink.

Please continue to avoid the area.