• James Armstrong

Parts of Vaudreuil-Dorion under Boil Water Advisory after water main rupture


PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

City crews had to work late into the night when a major water main seam suddenly broke in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Monday afternoon, May 5.

A boil water advisory, issued as a result of the May 5 water main rupture on St. Charles Avenue in Vaudreuil-Dorion, will remain in effect until at least the weekend according to Assistant Director General Martin Houde. “The results of the tests we did the day after and on Wednesday will be available on Thursday and Friday,” said Houde, explaining that, if they indicate that the advisory can be lifted, it could happen late Friday evening or sometime on Saturday. If not, the advisory will remain in place.

The cause of the rupture that flooded both sides of the avenue appears to have been a break in one of the seams that join the water pipes together. “There was no advance warning of a loss of pressure before it happened,” said Houde noting that the mains had been inspected as recently as last year. Although 90 per cent of those affected had water pressure by 8 p.m., Houde explained, city crews worked until about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning to restore the situation to normal.

Houde pointed out that the city had set-up centers for the distribution of bottled water in the affected areas on Monday evening as well distributing bottled water to senior citizens’ residences. Local grocery outlets were also warned that the need for bottled water could increase.

Approximately 9,000 residents and sections of the commercial and industrial that lost their water service on Monday are now subject to the boil water advisory. This means that water must be boiled for a minimum of one minute before using it to drink, prepare beverages, baby bottles and baby food, washing and preparing foods, making ice cubes, brushing teeth or rinsing the mouth. The notice cautions that it is important to make certain that children do not consume water that has not been boiled.

Complete details regarding the streets affected and the advisory are available on the city web site at www. ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca/nouvelles/bris-daqueduc-majeur.html.