Water Supply Emergency Hits London

leaking water pipesCity splash pads have been shut down as officials urge residents and businesses to conserve water after a pipeline burst north of London.

The splash pads will be closed Wednesday and maybe Thursday as non-essential water use around the city is curbed.

The aging Lake Huron pipeline burst in the Mt. Carmel area early Wednesday morning.

The Lake Huron Primary Water supply system affects London as well as municipalities in Bluewater, South Huron, Lambton Shores, Lucan Biddulph, North Middlesex, Middlesex Centre and Strathroy Caradoc.

The City of London has increased its water supply from the Elgin Area water supply system — which serves the southern third side of the city.

To maintain adequate storage of water in area reservoirs, businesses and residents are asked to reduce their water use.

Londoners are being asked to conserve as much water as they can, delaying laundry, the use of dishwashers and taking only short showers instead of a bath until the emergency is over.

“People should reduce toilet flushing as much as possible,” said Andrew Henry, division manager of the Lake Huron and Elgin Area Water Supply Systems.

Industrial and commercial establishments are also being asked to suspend any unnecessary water use.

The pipeline burst near Mount Carmel in an area where there is only a single line carrying water.

Typically, it will take 30 hours to repair a burst line, but it isn’t known how long this break will take, Henry said.

The communities affected by the break also include Bluewater, Lambton Shores, South Huron, Lucan Biddulph, North Middlesex, Middlesex Centre, and Strathroy Caradoc.

The 48-inch-wide reinforced concrete pipeline burst in the same area two years ago.

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  • Don’t wash cars, irrigate lawns or fill pools or hot tubs.
  • Delay using dishwashers and clothes washers.
  • Take brief showers rather than baths.
  • Consider flushing the toilet every second use.
  • Suspend unnecessary use of water at industrial or commercial sites.

Source: London Free Press (by Kate Dubinski & John Miner)

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