Nova Scotia

Conserve water, boil order still a risk says Halifax Water

The upgrade work to the Pockwock water system is going smoothly but Halifax Water is still stressing the importance of conserving water to prevent a boil order.

Upgrade work on Pockwock water transmission line going smoothly

The Pockwock water supply serves customers in Halifax, Bedford, Sackville, Fall River, Waverley and Timberlea. (CBC)

The upgrade work to the Pockwock water system is going smoothly but Halifax Water is still stressing the importance of conserving water to prevent a boil order.

The work began on Kearney Lake Road at 9 p.m. Friday evening. As a result of the work the portion of Kearney Lake Road near the transmission line that runs from the Pockwock Lake reservoir will be closed to traffic.

The workers diverted water from the old water main to the new one, forcing the shutdown of the system and the use of a temporary pipe.

While the system is shut down, James Campbell, a spokesperson for Halifax Water said there is enough in the distribution system to provide water to customers for about 24 hours before resorting to using back-up reservoirs.

If the utility uses water from the unfiltered Chain Lake reservoir, then a boil order would be put in place for most of the Halifax peninsula and other areas of the municipality.

"There’s no boil water advisory issued at this point, we’re still optimistic we won’t have to go a boil water advisory. The only time we would have to go to that boil water advisory is if you activate the Chain Lake backup supply and then Nova Scotia Environment mandates that we do issue a boil water advisory," said Campbell.

"So if we can maintain enough flow in our distribution system over the next 18 to 24 hours and folks could conserve that water over the weekend, that would be great."

The project marks one of the largest in the utility’s history.

Campbell said once the project is complete, some users may notice some discolouration in their water. He said that's normal and the water will be safe to drink.

The Pockwock water supply serves customers in Halifax, Bedford, Sackville, Fall River, Waverley and Timberlea.

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