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Halifax Water issues boil water advisory after water main break

The advisory says customers may experience low, or even non-existent water pressure, as well as discoloured water, until the main is repaired.
The advisory says customers may experience low, or even non-existent water pressure, as well as discoloured water, until the main is repaired. File/Getty Images

Officials say they hope to see a precautionary boil water advisory impacting about 3,500 customers in several Halifax-area communities lifted as of Monday.

Halifax Water issued a boil water advisory following a water main break on Friday when a 24-inch diameter water line broke twice, resulting in the possible occurrence of low chlorine residual in the water.

James Campbell, a spokesman for the utility, says the measure is very much a precaution.

“There’s no actual indication that there’s anything wrong with the water, we have no indication of that at all other than the minor reduction of chlorine in that neighbourhood,” Campbell said.

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Tests will conducted Saturday and Sunday, with officials hoping to have the order lifted on Monday, Campbell said.

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The authority says the area affected is along Cobequid Road, from Glendale Drive outbound towards Fall River.

That area includes the communities of Fall River, Waverley, Windsor Junction, Capilano, Miller Lake, Frame, Silverside, and Lakeview.

It says residents should boil all water for two minutes before drinking, making ice cubes, washing foods, brushing teeth, or any other activity requiring human consumption.

The advisory says customers may experience low, or even non-existent water pressure, as well as discoloured water, until the main is repaired, hopefully by Saturday.

Halifax Water offering to pay to replace lead lines
Halifax Water offering to pay to replace lead lines

Nova Scotia Environment is continuing to monitor the water quality, and Halifax Water, Nova Scotia Environment, and the Medical Officer of Health are working in close consultation.

Halifax Water said Saturday afternoon that its crews had finished repairs on the water main near the intersection of Cobequid Road and Glendale Drive.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2020.