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Water main break means increased brown water, decreased traffic flow

Sunday, June 01, 2014   by: Staff



Water main break and discoloured water advisory - Trunk Road

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (June 1, 2014) - PUC customers in Sault Ste. Marie are advised that due to a water main break on Trunk Road, discoloured water in the east end has been reported as a result of this incident.

PUC crews are working to repair the break.

During the repair process, traffic flow will be restricted on Trunk Road (in front of Superior Dodge) while crews conduct repairs.

This traffic restriction is necessary to ensure the safety of repair crews as well as the travelling public.

We apologize for this inconvenience to our customers, and wish to thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation.




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macgyvr 6/1/2014 7:14:46 PM Report

Yuuuuup. One more nail in the coffin for us east enders.
dirtybeard 6/1/2014 7:29:31 PM Report

Too much flushing. There's no pipe left, just sediment in a pipe shape.
GrammaDingbat54 6/1/2014 7:32:45 PM Report

So what else is new? Brown water is a common occurence for us in the east end. It's gotten to the point where I am more surprised when we get clear water.
shju 6/1/2014 7:37:29 PM Report

I live in the east end and I have yet to see brown water. Where do you people live that get it all the time?
canadiens_8 6/1/2014 7:58:29 PM Report

I live close to Pino's and I've had brown water.
DINOBOY 6/1/2014 8:10:39 PM Report

Again , same drivel...drink and be merry...
SmartProf 6/1/2014 8:10:41 PM Report

Ditto shju, I saw it once when I flushed the toilet last year, never saw it again despite living in east end. Guess we're the lucky ones!
Honestysucks 6/1/2014 9:02:20 PM Report

Aww poor east enders!!! As much as I enjoy my well water and septic tank still and still having to pay for city water and sewage, yeah hard to feel sorry for you guys!
Sam C 6/1/2014 9:05:51 PM Report

macgyvr... really? There's a main break, and that's a "nail in the coffin"?
blackspruce 6/1/2014 9:51:19 PM Report

I also live in the East End and I too have not had to experience the brown water.
The Youth Online Club 6/1/2014 9:51:19 PM Report

I live in the east end and have never had brown water. My parents also live in the east end and have not had brown water.
PunkBob 6/2/2014 1:49:50 AM Report

So when the water consumption goes up, and we are supposed to start conserving(as it says in the sault star). Will people be fined for running taps for 15 mins to get rid of brown water? Someone in power needs to do something about these guys. Mayor, council, the board of the PUC. Needs to bring an end to this. If the end game is putting us back on the old chloramine system, and increasing our rate. They should be asked, how much our rates would have increased, had we stayed on the old system. As I recall, the change was to lower insurance rates and save us money.
dadal 6/2/2014 5:51:42 AM Report

So let me guess....from the responses listed here I see MANY that work at the PUC either are claiming to live in the East End and not affected or don't and are lying about the water.

I live central and have been affected twice with brown water. This isn't a figment of imagination. And my many friends in the east end rely on back up of bottled water for everything from washing to drinking.

A main break causing the sediment stir up is frustrating and not planned. The planned flushing however isn't doing enough. The PUC makes $$$$$ so get off your butts and start replacing the ANCIENT lines.

Problem solved.

Except as the PUC doesn't want a loss, it will charge the citizens of the Soo to replace the old lines to fix the issue.

If you don't use enough water, the PUC will demand you have them inspect to see why. And if you use too much the ycharge you a right arm and first born.

I'm thinking private wells are the way to go. I'll defy any local restrictions of private water to ensure my home is healthy. So should the East End.
lindaloo250 6/2/2014 6:58:07 AM Report

I live in the east end, for the last 9 years and have nothing to do with PUC. I will tell you our water SUCKS. Ever since they changed what ever water purifications they do, the water has tasted gross. several times, to many to count the water runs brown. I've had to reorder work shirts due to the brown water staining my white work shirts. there's times there is so much chlorine in the water, your better off going to a local swim pool and drinking out of there, cuz it taste better. PUC had to have this big new building to keep there papers in and are charging all of us to pay for it. what a crock of crap... where is the common sense in people anymore. fix the water mains, and vital stuff first, then build your buildings. I live in a house that's 50 years old.. do I rebuild cuz it's old, or fix it to maintain.??? really people smarten up
IB-fine 6/2/2014 11:29:51 AM Report

I live in the east end and several times I've had brown water and even when it's clear all you can now smell is the chlorine. It's disgusting. I didn't know about the main break but as the PUC site said they would be flushing in Ranking this week, I made sure all dishes were done last night, shower done, and filled up several containers with water to wash etc. should I get the brown water again.

I'm about 5 km from Rankin and Manitou Park where the flushing is just suppose to affect and I get it quite often.

Now we get a water main break in the same area? What's up with this? All this flushing now breaking the water mains??

What a crock for the price we pay for this crappy water! I want our old water back that tasted the best in the province, and was always clear and had no smell. I'm getting tired of paying their inflated prices plus having to buy bottled water to drink as I don't trust what's in my taps now!
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