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South Winnipeg May Experience Brown Water: City

April 24, 2014 7:14 AM | News

City of WinnipegResidents living in south Winnipeg may experience some discolouration to their water beginning today.

A construction project to relocate a section of feeder main at the intersection of Pembina Highway and Bison Drive will be the culprit. The city says work is expected to be completed by Sunday, but may cause discoloured water from time to time during construction for some residents in Waverley Heights, Waverley West and South Fort Garry.

A feeder main is a large pressurized water pipe that carries water from a pumping station to the water main network. Unlike a water main, it does not have connections to homes or businesses along its route.

Residents that notice their water is discoloured should:

  • Turn on a cold water tap and let the water run for a few minutes. It is best to use a bathtub tap as there is no screen to trap any sediment.
  • Catch some water in a light-coloured cup. If the water isn’t clear, turn off the tap, wait 30 minutes and try again. Discoloured water usually doesn’t last long. If the water still isn’t clear after waiting two to three hours, contact 311, open 24 hours every day, seven days a week.