Water main breaks cause temporary service interruption

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A break in the municipal water mains occurred early last week, resulting in service disruptions for some Winchester residents. The breaks occurred on July 17, causing residents on Main St between house number 522 and Howard St to be without water during the repairs. A few side streets – Gladstone, Whitney, and Alexander – also had their water service disrupted. The repairs took place on July 18 and July 19 in two separate planned outages so that the work could be completed.

On July 18, many water customers in the west end of Winchester experienced a low water pressure event due to a “volume disruption” related to the water main repairs. The Township diverted water from Well #6 to combat the problem, with pressure being restored in a timely manner.

“We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the continued patience as the Township and OCWA work diligently to repair and restore service to normal,” a Township social media post said.

As an act of goodwill, the Township opened the Joel Steele Community Centre for impacted residents to draw municipal water to fill containers for drinking, cooking, and bathing. 

Water service has since been restored. 

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