Water-main break causes boil-water advisory in Moose Creek

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MOOSE CREEK — A large water-main break has prompted a precautionary boil-water advisory in this community — an advisory likely to remain in place for at least another 24 hours even after water pressure is restored.

North Stormont Township and the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) issued the advisory earlier this morning after the “massive” break left the community without water.

Loss of pressure on a municipal water system — resulting from such a break — could potentially lead to untreated groundwater leaching into the empty pipes.

For water intended for human consumption, “bring your water to a rolling boil for one minute, prior to use,” the township says. “If your water is discoloured, leave the tap running until the water is clear.”

An official with OCWA says they can’t yet explain why the water main would have broken during the summertime, though there have been reports on social media of the ground shaking last night.

A dig is underway and crews are making “good progress” toward restoring service, which OCWA expects will happen later today. However, once the water goes back online, the agency must then take samples to a lab for testing before the advisory can be lifted, and that process will take at least 24 hours, according to the official.

Officials are going door to door in the village with notices to apprise residents of the boil-water advisory.

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