Water supply cut to repair leak on Princeton early Monday morning..

Happened to be up early this morning (around 4:30) and saw this on the District’s Facebook Page. The latest as of Monday afternoon is that the water line has been repaired and crews are backfilling and will start refilling the line shortly.

“Filling the line has to be done very slowly to prevent damage but we’re hopeful to have service restored later on tonight,” says Operations boss Shawn Grundy. I had reached out to him early Monday morning and he sent an email shortly before 1 p.m.

Interestingly, by Tuesday morning, the District’s Facebook posts about Monday’s leak were deleted.

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Here’s what the District said in their 1:45 a.m. Facebook post (Monday morning):

Staff received a call for a reported water leak on Princeton Ave just uphill of Turner Ave earlier this evening and have since determined that in order to slow flow to effect repairs, the water main will have to be shut down near the water treatment plant, effectively cutting water service to the majority of Peachland. Many customers lower in the system likely won’t experience an entire shutdown, merely a pressure loss.

Staff is currently on site with a contractor and working to expose the water line. Once exposed, we will be able to make a better determination as to what sort of timeline will be required to repair the leak and restore water service. Please check back in on this post or the District website for updates as the day progresses.
7 a.m. – water supply is fine on my end of town (Trepanier). I’ve heard from a couple people who say they don’t have water on the Princeton end of town.
7:53 a.m. – Interim CAO Joe Creron returned my email. He passed on the info that Shawn Grundy gave to him. I’ll just copy and paste that:
“Our staff received a call for a reported water leak in the area earlier this (Monday) evening and have since determined that in order to slow flow to effect repairs, the water main will have to be shut down near the water treatment plant, effectively cutting water service to the majority of Peachland.  Many customers lower in the system likely won’t experience an entire shutdown, merely a pressure loss. Staff currently on site with a contractor and working to expose the water line.  Once exposed and the damage is determined, we will be able to make a better determination as to what sort of timeline will be required to repair the leak.  I will be in further contact later today to keep you up to date.  Once front line staff starts later this morning, they’ll also find information from me to pass along to any residents calling in with questions.  Similarly, we will update the Facebook group and the website accordingly as we move further with the repair.”
9:04 a.m. – Councillor Patrick Van Minsel indicated there’s no definite timeline for repairs. He commented on my Facebook post and said Public Works has indicated Trepanier and downtown has water.

9:30 a.m. – Mayor Cindy Fortin said in a Facebook update crews are dealing with two locations. One on Princeton near Turner and the other one is on Princess St. No word on when repairs will be done. She says Operations boss Shawn Grundy indicated the Princeton Ave break isn’t from cold weather “but rather it’s the collar that holds the two water pipes together. It was one of the older ones in town, but he will update as soon as he gets a better picture.”

 

UPDATE 10:23 a.m: The District just announced we’ll be on a Precautionary Boil Water Notice until all testing has been completed after the repair is done.
UPDATE 11:40 a.m: This is from the District’s Facebook page:

“We apologize for the lack of updates, staff have been busy in the field trying to fast track the works.

The parts have arrived to make the repair at the Princeton Avenue leak site. Assuming it goes well (and no new leaks pop up), we’ll be able to start filling the main again within the next hour or so.
With this magnitude of leak, we are required to institute a precautionary boil water notice as well (as per IHA). This has already been initiated and sampling will follow the repair today and tomorrow in the hopes we can have the notice removed by Friday.
It should also be noted that we misspoke initially, it wasn’t the entire District that was without water service. The majority of Trepanier and Downtown are still serviced as per usual.
UPDATE 12:58 p.m: Here’s an email from Operations boss Shawn Grundy:
“Sorry for the slow reply, been trying to help the crews get things up and running again.
Line has been repaired, crews are backfilling and will start refilling the line shortly. Filling the line has to be done very slowly to prevent damage but we’re hopeful to have service restored later on tonight.
With a break where the entire trunk main has to be shut down, we’re also required to initiate a boil water notice. We will be taking samples into the lab for testing over the next couple days, if all goes well we should be able to pull it in time for the weekend.”

Written by Kristen Friesen

December 21, 2021

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