South Nation Conservation (SNC) has issued a precipitation triggered level I low water condition encompassing SNC’s entire jurisdiction. According to Environment Canada, precipitation over the past three months was 60-76% below normal. The lack of rainfall has left the cumulative precipitation between 20-40% of the historical values for the month of June analyzed from Environment Canada climate stations in Ottawa, and Brockville.
Thursday, June 21, residents on Macdonald Boulevard, in Alexandria, can expect a temporary interruption in their water services.
The North Glengarry Water Works Department will be turning off the water sometime after 9 a.m., so that staff can replace a defective water distribution valve. This work is being performed as part of North Glengarry's annual water distribution maintenance upgrades. The municipality has invested $30,000 in water infrastructure improvements this year.
"This ongoing work ensures that residents are supplied with a clean, continuous flow of safe drinking water. It also minimizes the number of service disruptions caused by breaches to the water supply network," said Dean McDonald, North Glengarry's Environmental Services Manager.
Affected residents are located on Macdonald Boulevard between Touchette Street and Ronald Street. Water is expected to be restored after the work is completed on June 21.
After the water is restored, residents are asked to turn on their taps for at least five minutes. This will help clear their pipes of any residual sediment. Work on this project is weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather, the scheduled work will be completed on the next possible date.
For any questions or comments contact the public works office at 613-525-3087. Tap water will be safe to drink, but during the flushing process taking place in your area, you may notice the following changes:
- Your water may become cloudy or discoloured
- Your water supply may be interrupted for short periods of time
- You may experience lower than normal water pressure
Contact the waterworks department if your water remains discoloured after running your taps for more than 20 minutes.
A temporary shutdown of the Glen Robertson water treatment plant for repairs is not expected to impact residents, says North Glengarry Township.
Water to Glen Robertson is currently being supplied by a water tanker truck that was brought in to supply the system with fresh, potable water.
"We are using the flushing port in Glen Robertson to connect to the water tanker truck supplied by Keenan Enterprises. The flushing port is usually used to flush the system in Glen Robertson. In this case, we've reversed that. Instead of using the port to flush water out of the system, we're using it to flow water in," said Dean McDonald, North Glengarry's Environmental Services Manager.
The tanker used to deliver the water specializes in the delivery of drinking water. Prior to each delivery, the water tanker is sanitized at a food-grade washing facility and then the tanker filled with water and sealed. The water pipes and equipment are similarly sanitized and capped for delivery. The process is very similar to that which is required of dairy trucks.
During the shutdown, crews worked to remove a temporary pump which was installed in the well on New Year's Eve, when the main pump malfunctioned. The municipality's boom truck was used to lift the pump, which is located more than 45-feet below ground, out of the well. Four small cartridge filters and a water tank were also replaced. As part of this process, a company was brought in to inspect the facility and a camera was inserted into the well to provide a visual inspection.
After the new pump is installed, the system will be chlorinated and flushed. It will then be reconnected to the 52 residences that rely on this system.
"We are working hard to ensure that residents are not disrupted by this maintenance upgrade. We have taken all of the necessary steps to ensure residents have access to clean, safe drinking water. We were fortunate in this instance to come up with a plan that did not necessitate a boil water advisory," said Mr. McDonald.
This maintenance project is being done in compliance with safety norms set by the Ministry of the Environment and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. Inspectors from both provincial agencies were on site Tuesday to monitor the project.
Work at the Glen Robertson Water Treatment Plant is expected to be completed later today.
North Glengarry Deputy Mayor, and mayoralty candidate, Jamie MacDonald, wasted no time in reminding what the township expects of the new government.
Well it’s never to early to start lobbying @ASimardL @fordnation @JimMcDonell @MacLeodLisa Will your government honour the commitment of $4.5 million passed in the last budget for North Glengarry (Maxville) water....we need affordable water. @kinsellawarren— Jamie MacDonald (@deputymayor_ng) June 8, 2018
More information on the Maxville water project will be provided tonight (May 10) at 7 p.m. at the Sports Complex.
Work has begun on the $1.9 million water tower is being built south of the Maxville Veterinary Clinic on County Road 20.
The tower will serve as a storage tank for water pumped in from Alexandria.
The Raisin Region Conservation Authority is advising caution near local rivers and creeks. The recent precipitation and unseasonably warm temperatures are resulting in rapid snowmelt and ice breakup. Water levels are currently rising and water is moving quickly. Since water is currently contained within the river banks, for the most part, wide-scale flooding is not expected at this time.
This photo shows water in a field near Fassifern.
Visit the RRCA flood forecasting website for updates.