The city has issued a discoloured water warning for the western parts of Winnipeg.
Work is being done to inspect a section of a feeder main that crosses the river. To begin this work, the feeder main (a large pressurized water pipe that carries water from a pumping station to the water main network) must be shut off.
Any time there is a major change in the rate or direction of water flow in water mains, sediment (including dead algae and minerals in the water pipes), may loosen and be released into the water. As a result, tap water may be temporarily discoloured for about a day for some residents.
Areas most likely to be affected are:
- Daniel McIntyre and St James; from Wellington Avenue to Wolseley Avenue, and from Dominion Street to St. James Street
- River Heights; from Wellington Crescent to Corydon Avenue, and from Waverley Street to Kenaston Boulevard
Residents are encouraged to check for discoloured water tomorrow before using their water.
If residents experience discoloured water, it is recommended they do not use it for any purpose that requires clean water (e.g., drinking, preparing food and beverages, laundry).
This is recommended because discoloured water does not taste, smell or look pleasant, and it can stain clothes. Health officials do not believe that drinking discoloured water poses a health risk.
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 is not clear after waiting two to three hours, contact 311, open 24 hours every day.