Water Main Rupture Update for Cornwall Ontario – Tuesday July 19, 2011

Cornwall ON – City crews are continuing to work to repair the watermain on Water Street which ruptured shortly after 12 pm on Monday, July 18. As a result of the rupture, Water Street has been closed to traffic between York and Sydney Streets and water service has been shut off to the Cornwall Square, Cornwall Civic Complex, Aquatic Centre and the RCAFA Wing 424.City crews have been on site since the break occurred and have worked throughout the night to repair the watermain. Workers are hopeful that the watermain will be repaired later today. The watermain will be tested and flushed with chlorine before it is reconnected to the water distribution network. It’s anticipated that water service will be restored to affected buildings before the end of today.

Property owners in the area south of Second Street from Brookdale Avenue to Marlborough Street may experience discoloured water at their taps. This is due to the change in water direction within the distribution system. Residents may encounter this problem over the next 24 hours and are advised to let the tap run until the water clears before using the water. Once the water is clear, it is okay to drink and do laundry.

The Cornwall Civic Complex, Aquatic Centre and Cornwall Square mall all remain closed to the public.

Water Street (eastbound between York and Sydney Streets) will reopen to traffic later this afternoon. Water Street (westbound between Sydney and York Streets) will remain closed until Wednesday evening.Further details will be provided as they are available.

Wine Kitz

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