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Water back on after line breakage

A watermain break on Third Avenue near Winnipeg Street forced the closure of Third Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. It's not known at this time how long it will take city crews to shut the water off. Bill Phillips photo
A water main break on Third Avenue near Winnipeg Street forced the closure of Third Avenue at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Water is back on for residences and businesses in the vicinity of a water main that burst late yesterday afternoon near Third Avenue and Winnipeg Street and flooded nearby streets.

Crews also reopened Third Avenue to traffic in both directions earlier this afternoon. The city expects the affected section of road to be repaved by March 22.

Crews worked overnight to replace the damaged pipe and resume water services. The cast iron water main is 30cm in diameter and was installed in 1956.

The city funds the replacement and repair of water mains from the utility bills that are sent out twice a year to property owners. The annual projects are part of the capital plan for the city.

In 2019, roughly one kilometre of water mains are scheduled for replacement.

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