Brown water possible this weekend for part of Winnipeg

Winnipeggers living west of the Red River and north of Wilkes Avenue may experience discoloured tap water this weekend thanks to a repaired water main.

Winnipeggers living west of the Red River and north of Wilkes Avenue may experience discoloured tap water this weekend thanks to a repaired water main.

The City of Winnipeg says work on the Midtown feeder main has been done and water will start flowing through it on Saturday.

Anyone who notices brown water this weekend should turn on the cold-water tap and let it run for several minutes, then try again after 30 minutes if the water doesn't clear up, according to the city. (CBC)
As a result, some residents west of the Red and north of Wilkes may see brown water for about a day, the city said in a release Friday.

Officials recommend that residents not drink the discoloured water or use it for preparing food or laundry.

The Midtown feeder main is a water distribution pipe that carries water across the Assiniboine River between the north and south parts of the city.

The city says anyone who notices brown tap water should turn on the cold-water tap and let it run for several minutes, then try again after 30 minutes if the water doesn't clear up.

If the water still isn't clear after two or three hours, residents are advised to call 311.

Work to restore the feeder main, which has been in service since 1956, started in January. The restoration project cost $6.8 million, according to the city.

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