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Water-main break cause of Miramichi boil order

A major water-main break is the cause of an extensive boil order in Miramichi that is expected to last several days.

Boil order is affecting 1,300 homes and businesses and may last several days

Miramichi mayor Adam Lordon said the water main break that caused the boil order in the former town of Chatham has been repaired. (Adam Lordon/Facebook)

A major water-main break is the cause of an extensive boil order in Miramichi that is expected to last several days, according to the city. 

Mayor Adam Lordon said the break occurred at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the city's east side, formerly known as Chatham, when the public works department was carrying out the annual flushing program of the water system.

"Sometimes it causes the pipes to break due to pressure differential," he said.

About 1,300 homes and businesses have been affected by the boil order. 

The affected area stretches from Kelly Road East to 365 Wellington St. and from St. Thomas Street North to Water Street.

Lordon said the water-main break was repaired Tuesday night and public work crews are now flushing the pipes.

They hope to submit samples for testing Thursday, he said.

The mayor said the city requires two consecutive clean bacteria tests before the boil order is lifted.

He added the break occurred in a section of the city's water system that had never experienced any breaks or issues before. 

Check on seniors

Residents are advised to bring any water used for drinking, cleaning food or hygiene to a rolling boil for one minute.

Mavis Williamson is one of the city's residents living in the area affected by the boil order. She said she was concerned about her elderly neighbour when she heard about the boil order. 

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"I knew he would have no access to the Internet or a computer so I advised my husband I was going to go over and visit him," Williamson said.

She said she went next door with a couple of bottles of water and to let him know the order had been issued.

Williamson said she went on social media to ask other people to check on seniors in the area to let them know about the boil order.

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