3,500 customers affected after the main water line broke in Lower Sackville


Halifax Water advises residents of the Halifax area to boil their water before drinking it due to a major outage in the Lower Sackville area.In a public service announcement posted early Saturday morning, the water authority said the affected areas were Fall River, Waverley, Windsor Junction, Capilano, Miller Lake, Frame, Silverside, Lakeview and Lower Sackville.

Some households may have lower water pressure or no water service at all until the main line is repaired, the water service said. The restoration time is estimated at noon on Saturday.

Halifax Water spokesperson James Campbell said that once service is restored, the utility would need two drinking water test results before lifting the boil water advisory . He said he expected service to return to normal Monday morning.

Customers in the highlighted area may have non-potable drinking water in their taps due to a broken main line. (Halifax Water)

Campbell said the current risk is that water could be chlorinated below “best standards”, but stressed that the advice is precautionary.

“We have no indication at the moment that there is really a problem with water, it is really a precautionary situation,” he said on Saturday morning.

The main water pipe failure affected approximately 3,500 customers, according to Campbell.

Friday morning, a first water main rupture, at Cobequid Road and Glendale Drive, occurred. Campbell was unaware of the cause, but said that it had been repaired without problem until the teams begin to fill the excavated area. During this process, another section of the main one broke.

Halifax Water says affected residents should boil water for two minutes before drinking, making ice, washing food, brushing teeth, or any other activity that requires human consumption.


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