CRYSLER — An unintended loss of water pressure in the village of Crysler last night left officials scrambling to impose a boil-water advisory as a result.
The advisory is expected to remain in place for another 24 hours, North Stormont Township CAO Marc Chenier told Nation Valley News shortly after 9 a.m. this morning (June 12).
A clean-out of the village water tower was underway around 4 p.m. yesterday evening, Chenier explained, when the sudden and unexpected loss of pressure occurred on the Crysler system. The maintenance and inspection activity at the tower was not supposed to trigger such an occurrence, he added, noting the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) — contracted overseer of the village system — had bypassed the tower to keep the village system supplied with water.
For reasons still under investigation, an automated system controlling the pump at the village pumping station “locked out,” shutting the pump down and causing the loss of pressure. The OCWA crew took a couple of hours getting the pump restarted to restore pressure.
In the meantime, untreated groundwater could have potentially infiltrated into the emptied water mains serving Crysler residents, prompting OCWA to impose the boil-water advisory. Five individuals with the agency went door to door informing residents. Chenier suggested that activity wrapped up at about 8 p.m.
The township was ready to send in firefighters and other municipal staff to assist with the notification effort, added the CAO, who learned of the problem when his after-hour voicemail began filling up his email inbox “into the red” around 5 p.m.
OCWA also notified the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s Spills Action Centre and the Ministry of Health of the boil-water advisory.