February 4, 2015 12:42 am
Updated: February 4, 2015 8:35 pm

Would you drink this? Brown water battle in Pointe-Claire


WATCH: Pointe-Claire residents upset over brown water

MONTREAL —- Residents living on Highgate Avenue in Pointe-Claire took their  water concerns to city council Tuesday night.

For years residents have dealt with brown and yellow water after storms, power failures or water main breaks.

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“Even when there isn’t a storm or power failure we sometimes get yellow or brown water,” Pointe-Claire resident Tara Stainforth told Global News.

At the council meeting, residents testified that the water had turned murky brown at least six times since Jan. 4.

City officials insist that the brown water is still safe to drink, but some residents aren’t reassured.

A Pointe-Claire resident showed city council members the brown water flowing from taps on Highgate Avenue at a council meeting on February 3, 2014.

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“It is not okay for citizens to be left with water like this,” resident Marisa DiMeglio told council while holding a bottle of yellow brown water.

“I know it’s safe, but it is not drinkable.”

Pointe-Claire’s mayor told residents that the water has been tested and as soon as spring comes, the city will put out a call for tenders to put protective sleeves in the pipes on Highgate Avenue to reduce pipe sediment.

“We are taking this very seriously,” Morris Trudeau explained to residents Tuesday.

“Hopefully we’ll award a contract by the 7th of April. The work will be done as soon as we have a thaw.”

Residents also asked for some of their water tax to be reimbursed, since they were told to run the water until it cleared.

Their request was denied.

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