The city has issued a discoloured water warning for the eastern parts of Winnipeg.
As a result of damage to a private water line, the City is manually controlling a water main and feeder main near Marion and Doucet. Residents in the east side of the city are advised that they may temporarily experience discoloured water.
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.
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.