Kitchener residents left without water by water main break

Cameron Street was flooded on Thursday morning. Kevin Nielsen / Global News

If you live in Kitchener and were angry over why you could not get a shower in before work on Thursday, you can blame construction.

A broken water main left most Kitchener residents without water or with low water pressure at around 7:20 a.m., according to the Region of Waterloo.

It says that a large water main on Charles Street at Cameron Street was struck by a contractor.

The contractor was working on the large project under development in the block surrounded by Madison Ave., and King, Charles and Cameron streets.

The release, issued just before 11 a.m., said “Water Services have augmented the water supply system to restore water pressures in areas impacted by this morning’s water main break.”

The company behind the development, Drewlo Holdings, issued a statement which said it was unclear what happened

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“The cause of the break is not yet known,” the statement read. “A shoring contractor was drilling in a location near the break. All necessary approvals and locate requests were in place.”

With service restored for the most part, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic issued tweets warning residents that they need to take a look at their water before consumption.

“Running the cold, unsoften water tap nearest to your supply for 10mins will clear discoloured water. If the problem persists, please wait an hour and try again,” he suggested.

St. Mary’s General Hospital announced that all elective surgeries have been cancelled at the hospital.

Just across from Cameron Heights High School, the road was flooded and traffic was being diverted causing issues to the morning commute.

Waterloo Regional Police were forced to close off roads in the area due to the flooding. Traffic was being redirected at King and Cameron streets, Madison Avenue,
Charles Street and Stirling Avenue as well as Charles and Cedar streets.

At around 11:30 a.m., police announced that most of the roads had reopened although Charles Street remained closed.

Grand River Transit posted a list of buses affected by the flooding which included routes 7A, 7B, 7F, 11, 22 and 200.

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Both the public and separate school boards in Waterloo region reported just after 10 a.m. that water had been restored at local schools.

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