Depending what area of the city you’re in, you may be seeing some brown water coming from your tap in the next few days. The city is doing work on big pipes that cross the rivers and feed the water main systems. So don’t worry, it’s planned brown water!
The city will start today with the pipe that crosses the Assiniboine River at Maryland, so people on Wellington Crescent may see brown water.
On Friday, people in St. Boniface could be affected and parts of River Heights and Tuxedo could have brown water on Monday.
|Date||Water main||Areas potentially affected|
|Thursday, Oct 22||Maryland Avenue, crossing the Assiniboine River||Wellington Crescent, Crescentwood|
|Friday, Oct 23||Goulet Street, crossing the Seine River||St. Boniface, Norwood, Glenwood, Varennes, Dufresne, and Archwood|
|Monday, Oct 26||St. James Street, crossing the Assiniboine River||Wellington Crescent, North River Heights, Sir John Franklin, Old Tuxedo, Edgeland, and Tuxedo|
If residents experience discoloured water, it is recommended they do not use it for any purposes that require clean water (e.g., for drinking, preparing food and beverages, laundry).
This is recommended because discoloured water does not taste, smell or look pleasant, and it can stain clothes. Health officials recommend not drinking the water but if small amounts are consumed accidentally, no harm is expected.
Residents that notice their water is discoloured should:
- Turn on a cold water tap and let the water run for a few minutes. It is best to use a bathtub tap as there is no screen to trap any sediment.
- Catch some water in a light-coloured cup. If the water isn’t clear, turn off the tap, wait 30 minutes and try again. Discoloured water usually doesn’t last long. If the water still isn’t clear after waiting two to three hours, contact 311, open 24 hours every day.
- information on Winnipeg’s water quality at City of Winnipeg – Discoloured Water FAQ
- health information related to discoloured water at Winnipeg Regional Health Authority – Health information related to discoloured drinking water in the City of Winnipeg