McLennan water line break “no big deal”
Last week’s water line break in McLennan didn’t put a serious dent in the municipality’s dwindling water supply, much to the satisfaction of residents and town officials.
“Our current water level has not been seriously affected by the water line break,” said town foreman Robert Lamoureux. “The loss was very minimal.”
The break occurred at the intersection of 3rd Street West and Bousfield Avenue in the southwestern portion of the municipality after a couple of holding clamps let go off a small line branching off from the water main.
Lamoureux said the break revealed itself on the evening of July 21 between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. when a resident noticed that a portion of the road had become soft and spongy.
Town crews closed off the perimeter of the break the following morning and brought in a backhoe to locate the source of the problem prior to shutting off the water supply and making the necessary repairs.
The break left an estimated 80 per cent of the community without water services for a period of approximately five hours from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Water was also shut off for a brief period of time on the following day after town officials noticed a small hole in the same line.
McLennan, much like neighbouring municipalities in Falher, Donnelly and Girouxville, is still facing an outdoor watering ban, which includes things like watering lawns and gardens in addition to washing vehicles.
Lamoureux says town residents have fully complied with the water ban, which took effect back on July 11, by helping to reduce normal water consumption levels in the community by as much as 33 per cent.
“It’s going quite well, thanks to the cooperation of residents. Their efforts are greatly appreciated,” said Lamoureux, adding the town’s current water supply is sitting at a minimum of 60 days.
The region as a whole is still awaiting word from the federal Department of Oceans & Fisheries regarding a proposal to divert as much as 500,000 cubic meters of water from Winagami Lake.