Written By: Thursday, January 11th 2018

City supplied photo of watermain break

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory

UPDATED

The City wishes to remind residents and businesses located in the affected area of the water main break that the Water Advisory remains in effect and will remain in effect until throughout the night.

The affected area is all properties north of 10th Street East, east of 9th Avenue East. THE CITY ADVISES RESIDENTS NOT TO USE OR DRINK THE WATER IN THE AFFECTED AREA. Toilets may be flushed for waste water purposes.

As per Ministry guidelines, positive sampling results must be obtained in order to lift the water advisory. City staff is awaiting the results of the samples, which is expected mid to late Friday afternoon.

The City is making the Bayshore Community Centre (1900 3rd Avenue East) and the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre (700 10th Street East) available for showering today until 10:00 PM and again Friday, January 12th beginning at 6:30 AM.

The Family Y is also available for showers. If you plan to attend the Y, please bring with you:

· Photo ID to sign in to the facility

· Towel, shampoo, etc

· Lock to secure belongings in a locker

Drinking water is available for residents affected by the advisory at the Water Depot (640 10th Street West) or filling stations at the designated Shower stations listed above. The Water Store on the east side has run out of water and is not able to make any more as they are in the affected area.

Residents affected are encouraged to bring their own water containers for transportation.

Original Story

Due to a large watermain break in the Industrial Pressure Zone of the City (near Hobart on East Bayshore Road) water pressure has been reduced in an area of the city to very low levels.

This can adversely affect water quality.

The affected area is all properties north of 10th Street East, who are also east of 9th Avenue East.

The city says the light blue section on this map is the area affected by the advisory.

Generally, this is the northeast quadrant of the City.

In a release issued at 10am city officials say they’re consulting with the Ministry of Environment and Grey Bruce Health Unit prior to this advisory being lifted.

It is anticipated that this Advisory will remain in effect for at least 24 hours.

City Manager Wayne Ritchie tells Dock News they’ll be getting the samples down to the Ministry’s London lab as soon as they can.

They estimate 400 properties, including business and residential have been effected.

A number of businesses and restaurants along the 16th Street East strip are closed today however the Heritage Place Shopping Centre reports they are open for business.

In the meantime the city is making the Bayshore Community Centre (1900 3rd Avenue East) and the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre (700 10th Street East) available for showering today until 10:00 PM and again Friday, January 12th beginning at 6:30 AM.

The Family Y is also available for showers. If you plan to attend the Y, please bring with you:

Photo ID to sign in to the facility
Towel, shampoo, etc
Lock to secure belongings in a locker

Drinking water is available at the Water Depot (640 10th Street West) and the Water Store (1565 16th Street East) for residents affected by the advisory.

The Water Store has a limited supply.

Residents affected are encouraged to bring their own water containers for transportation.

Dock News was on scene at 4am and learned much of 16th Street East was affected overnight including the Tim Horton’s at 16th Ave East which wasn’t able to serve its customers.

Crews were still working to repair a secondary break along 16th Ave East north of the Heritage Place mall where water continued to pour up from the road.