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More east end brown water could be imminent

Thursday, June 12, 2014   by: Staff
Unidectional flushing area notice
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON - 12 June 2014 – PUC customers are advised that the Unidirectional Flushing (UDF) Program is continuing in the east end of the city.
The flushing area for the week of June 16 to 20 will be the area generally bounded by Trunk Road to Chambers Avenue and Dacey Road to Gibbs Street.
Customers are encouraged to visit the PUC website at for regular updates and to see a map(s) of the flushing area.
The PUC would like to advise that during flushing activities, there is a high probability some customers outside of the flushing area could also experience discoloured water, potentially up to several kilometers away. 
This is due to the fact that any time there is a major change in the rate or direction of flow of water in the distribution system, sediment in the watermains can be disturbed and carried along with the water. 
The UDF Program is performed in order to remove sediment from within the city’s watermains and is a recognized industry best practice for improving water quality.
PUC Services apologizes for this inconvenience. 
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blackspruce 6/12/2014 6:59:49 PM Report

thanks for the notice. Guess I will be doing my laundry this weekend and storing some clean water for this week
retalynnguay 6/12/2014 7:26:23 PM Report

I have lived in the east end and live in the west and currently live in the central area and I have never once had to deal with brown water even when it was in the west end way back in the day but my question is after all these years you would think with the amount of money we pour out to these fools they would have had a handle on the situation but still they do not. I will be looking for property in the future in the west end and I will never live in the east end. Good luck to y'all in the east end and I hope you guys get answers and some results soon. God bless y'all.
LAWL 6/12/2014 9:33:41 PM Report

I just buy my water at the Water Depot now. 5 Gallons of RO water for 3 bucks. Im done with our city water....
AnnieP 6/12/2014 11:10:29 PM Report

Good luck selling your home in the east end! Who wants to move into an area where there will be water issues for the next few years? East end residents should have their property assessments lowered. This water issue does have an impact on their property values.
asp 6/13/2014 1:03:24 AM Report

Lets see if Orazetti will take care of this issue. I really feel bad for the people in the east end. I grew up in the east end and we never had problems with our water. PUC charges all the customer enough, they were able to build a new building in the North End of town because they wanted clean water to drink. That is where all of our money went, oh yes donations Too.
dadal 6/13/2014 6:30:05 AM Report

asp, this is a CITY issue, not a provincial one. It's up to City Council NOT Orazetti to deal with! And City Council have adapted their usual stance of " let's just ignore it" .

I live on the hill and experienced brown water this winter thanks to a main break. Not fun. I understand what the east enders are dealing with. And the fear of even drinking that water. I also now buy bottled water. In fact since drinking bottled water, many of our household illnesses eased up. I am considering setting up a way to collect rain water to use for baths. Even with polution from Essar, rain has to be safer than our city crap.
MYPOINT 6/13/2014 6:41:59 AM Report

A LOT of people used to gather rainwater in the past and use it for baths etc. but that was mostly discontinued when we had very good water coming out of our taps here in this city.

Then the PUC changed everything and our water has never been the same since. It may have been done because our Provincial government changed the rules a while ago but in the end, it is US who suffer with ridiculously nasty tasting / smelly / brown water now!

As for the totally useless city council we have at the current time, until we change ALL of them, we will continue to see the same 'ignore it and it will go away' type of attitude from them.

Maybe it is time for some sort of 'legal revolt' in this city? Maybe YOU have some ideas as to how this could or would work because I sure as hell don't.

As always, your views may differ :)
tosimple 6/13/2014 6:43:57 AM Report

dadal: What a sad situation to even have to think about collecting rain water. But I agree with you! I would not wash my car with that stuff they call water.. Until the people of this city join forces this will not be fixed. EVERYONE STOP PAYING YOUR P.U.C!!
It has to be a huge joint effort with the people in this city... If everyone does this it will get action! You are being held captive paying for something that is not consumable. Would you buy gas if you knew it was 70% shit????? You are paying for water that looks like 100% SHIT!!!!!!!
lindaloo250 6/13/2014 7:07:24 AM Report

So when do us East enders get a break in the water bill????? we have to run the water for so long to get it to run clean. oh $5.00 off IF we call and complain.. big whoopy... we pay more then that in just running to clear the water. who's gonna pay for my wreaked work shirts. I have to wear white and now there a ting of brownish yellow
tosimple 6/13/2014 7:10:27 AM Report

Another point... Is the p.u.c or the city going to pay for your hot water tanks hot water on demand systems or the filter systems???? Not likely! You would think that one of the useless F**k's in city hall would do something. This city is a joke!It's 2014 and tax paying people are collecting rain water to bath in... What about apartment dwellers that can not collect rain water to bath the children in???? What about the elderly residents of this city who can not collect rain water or carry it if they could!!!!!!
FunMan 6/13/2014 7:57:12 AM Report

Time for a class action lawsuit or have everyone in the East End submit for property reassessment on mass.
That will get the attention of City Council.
catlady1 6/13/2014 8:15:41 AM Report

I feel for everyone dealing with this. What happened to our great Sault Ste. Marie water.
MR.squiggles 6/13/2014 8:43:18 AM Report

my waters brown .. im not complainin .. some people in africa have to walk miles just to get brown water
hunti 6/13/2014 10:06:26 AM Report

What a shame that people have to pay high taxes to have brown water and pay for it at that,go live in the country where you have cheap taxes and very clean water and you don't have to pay for it.All the people who live in the affected area's make sure you look at your power bill and see how much they charged you for water this month,as far as I'm concerned when this happens shouldn't have to pay any water for the month,but good luck with that SSM.....
SharingNeedles 6/13/2014 11:39:10 AM Report

Right on Mr.squiggles, me too...
I think the people doing all the bitching are making the rest of us look like little F*ing sissies.

Infrastructure requires maintenance and upgrades, anyone with common sense knows this.

and if you don't have to deal with this east end problem, GO shove your snout somewhere else...Its not your problem..
harry dick 6/13/2014 11:42:38 AM Report

The P.U.C. should not charge the affected residents for water that is unusable . This water is not only undrinkable , it is no good to wash your clothes , wipe your counters and tables . You cannot cook with it , or use it to bathe in . WHY DO WE HAVE TO PAY FOR UNUSEABLE WATER . I , myself have experienced brown water a number of times , in the last 2 years . The CITY OF SAULT STE. MARIE should be compensating us for unusable water as we pay big dollars for water. If this was a private company providing us with unusable water , we wouldn't be paying for it , or we would be changing water companies .
I am seriously thinking about having a well drilled on my property and not using city water at all . At least I would have usable water at all times .
Sammy1099 6/13/2014 11:52:51 AM Report


"Infrastructure requires maintenance and upgrades, anyone with common sense knows this."

Tell that to the PUC, apparently they didn't know. They obviously neglected
maintenance for so long, it now takes years to clean out all sediment and god only knows what else.

I would have no problem if they were doing this once or twice a year, thats just prudent maintenance.
GoHoundsGo 6/13/2014 12:00:29 PM Report

@Mr. Squiggles @SharingNeddles...two of the most dumbass replies I've read on this post so far. One pays for a PRODUCT, one expects that PRODUCT to be usable. Africa...really,soon as our modern western society turns into what they have in few African countries let me know, then I'll remember not to bitch. At the same time make sure you eat everything on your plate, because there are starving children in Africa to. And you better not shop at Walmart anymore because you are just propping up slave labour in China ect. I can bitch because I PAY FOR IT, if you like it take a big ole drink and make sure to wash your whites in that awesome brown water. But when it makes you sick keep your ass out of the new hospital because the water in Africa makes people sick all the time and have no hospital to go to either.

Have a great and enjoyable weekend.
SharingNeedles 6/13/2014 12:09:33 PM Report

that made my day.
ThinkAgain 6/13/2014 4:16:18 PM Report

Its not even considered news anymore, part of life and nothing being done to fix it.

Just a joke now
Gumby54 6/13/2014 4:51:11 PM Report

I see there is another news story ( no possibility of posting a comment)of a water main break in front of AUC. Is this not the same location that the city shut down Queen for 2 days this week to do lateral repairs? I guess you do one job and then make a few more on top of it. This is the same location there was a water main break in the fall that was blamed on a bad fire hydrant. Getting hard to believe our PUC /City on the work they promise to do.
Queen West (across from Casino)to be shut down for 6 weeks in June of 2013 - still working on it in 2014 and a comment from Mr. Elliot this past Monday council meeting is that the work will most likely go on into 2015. Good planning or what?
Sammy1099 6/13/2014 5:09:24 PM Report


What exactly are they doing by the Casino?
Christ they had that section ripped up all last year to. Is the Soo putting in an underground high speed subway or something?
Working Man 6/13/2014 10:45:29 PM Report

Would you soak your Brita water filter in brown water???

Why should we even have to pay for brown water? We might as well move to Africa then?
maniacamy 6/16/2014 5:47:41 PM Report

Brown water for the last 2 hours on South Market Street and continuous running of the water (outside) has not helped.
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