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Water main work may temporarily cause discoloured water

July 09, 2010

For Immediate Release
Friday, July 9, 2010                                                                                                                                                         

  Winnipeg, MB. – In conjunction with road works on Taylor Avenue, the flow of water in a large water main on Waverley Street will be adjusted for two to three days starting Monday, July 12, 2010, at approximately 8:00 a.m.   Water service will not be disrupted, but some residents in the north part of River Heights and Fort Garry (in the vicinity of Waverley Street from Taylor Avenue to the Assiniboine River) may notice their tap water is slightly discoloured.   Water mains are underground pipes that carry water from pumping stations to the street.  Water travels slowly through the mains, causing sediment to settle to the bottom and build up over time.  Adjusting the flow of the water in the mains (e.g., due to water main work, hydrant use for firefighting) can temporarily disturb the sediment and discolour the water.   Discoloured water should not last long.  If residents notice discoloured water, they should not use it for any purposes that require clean water (e.g., preparing food and beverages, laundry).  Drinking discoloured water should not make you sick; however, it may not smell, taste, or look pleasant.   To check if water is discoloured:   ·            Turn on a cold water tap and let the water run for a few minutes. ·            Catch some water in a light-coloured cup or container to see if it is clear.  If it is clear, it can be used.  If the water doesn’t clear within five minutes, wait 30 minutes and try again.   We are awaiting information of what the discolouration is. If discoloured water persists for more than two to three hours, residents should call 311.