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Back to normal

publisher May 7, 2019 - 10:30am

After a contractor unknowingly severed an intake line May 2, the Alexandria water plant had returned to normal operations 48 hours later.

The repair job involved a diver, municipal employees, and several contractors.

At around 9 a.m. May 2, the raw water intake pipe at Island Park was ruptured when a contractor sliced through a 14-inch pipe that brings water from Mill Pond to the treatment plant.

At no point was water quality compromised, the township stresses.

The water flow was lost to the plant, but thanks to improved storage conditions, and operational adjustments, service was not affected.

Water conservation advisory

publisher May 2, 2019 - 11:51am

Earlier this morning, the main water intake for Alexandria was damaged and the water supply to Alexandria has been temporarily shut down. It is still safe for citizens to drink their water, which is currently being supplied by the Alexandria Water Tower.

"No boil water advisory has been issued at this time. It is still safe to consume the water, but we do ask that residents conserve water until repairs can be made," said Environmental Services Manager Dean MacDonald.

The Township of North Glengarry has enacted its Emergency Protocol Procedures and the Water Works Department is working to quickly rectify this matter. Emergency pumps have been ordered to help to restore water.

In order to correct the damage, crews will need to block the main intake pipe and to replace the damaged section of the water main.

In the event of a fire, the North Glengarry Fire Department will put an action plan in place to mitigate any hydrant use until this problem is rectified.

"The fire department is prepared for these types of situations. In the event of an emergency, we would follow the same action plans undertaken in rural areas. In the event of a fire, a water tanker shuttle service would be used. The fire department is also capable of pulling water directly from the Mill Pond," said Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Roy.

"We are asking that all residents in Alexandria take every effort to help us by reducing their water intake and conserving water as much as possible as we repair the damage to the pipe. Alexandria consumes an average of 2,000-cubic-metres of water each day. We are hoping to reduce this average to ensure that our 1,500 users can maintain their water service throughout the repair period," the township says.

The impact of this damage is restricted to Alexandria. Residents in Glen Robertson are not impacted, as they are on a separate system.

Low water

publisher Jul 12, 2018 - 7:56am

South Nation Conservation (SNC) has issued a precipitation triggered level I low water condition encompassing SNC’s entire jurisdiction. According to Environment Canada, precipitation over the past three months was 60-76% below normal. The lack of rainfall has left the cumulative precipitation between 20-40% of the historical values for the month of June analyzed from Environment Canada climate stations in Ottawa, and Brockville.

Water off June 21 on Macdonald

publisher Jun 20, 2018 - 1:30pm

Thursday, June 21, residents on Macdonald Boulevard, in Alexandria, can expect a temporary interruption in their water services.

The North Glengarry Water Works Department will be turning off the water sometime after 9 a.m., so that staff can replace a defective water distribution valve. This work is being performed as part of North Glengarry's annual water distribution maintenance upgrades. The municipality has invested $30,000 in water infrastructure improvements this year.

"This ongoing work ensures that residents are supplied with a clean, continuous flow of safe drinking water. It also minimizes the number of service disruptions caused by breaches to the water supply network," said Dean McDonald, North Glengarry's Environmental Services Manager.

Affected residents are located on Macdonald Boulevard between Touchette Street and Ronald Street. Water is expected to be restored after the work is completed on June 21.

After the water is restored, residents are asked to turn on their taps for at least five minutes. This will help clear their pipes of any residual sediment. Work on this project is weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather, the scheduled work will be completed on the next possible date.

For any questions or comments contact the public works office at 613-525-3087. Tap water will be safe to drink, but during the flushing process taking place in your area, you may notice the following changes:

  • Your water may become cloudy or discoloured
  • Your water supply may be interrupted for short periods of time
  • You may experience lower than normal water pressure

Contact the waterworks department if your water remains discoloured after running your taps for more than 20 minutes.

Glen Robertson water plant shutdown

publisher Jun 19, 2018 - 4:45pm

A temporary shutdown of the Glen Robertson water treatment plant for repairs is not expected to impact residents, says North Glengarry Township.

Water to Glen Robertson is currently being supplied by a water tanker truck that was brought in to supply the system with fresh, potable water.

"We are using the flushing port in Glen Robertson to connect to the water tanker truck supplied by Keenan Enterprises. The flushing port is usually used to flush the system in Glen Robertson. In this case, we've reversed that. Instead of using the port to flush water out of the system, we're using it to flow water in," said Dean McDonald, North Glengarry's Environmental Services Manager.

The tanker used to deliver the water specializes in the delivery of drinking water. Prior to each delivery, the water tanker is sanitized at a food-grade washing facility and then the tanker filled with water and sealed. The water pipes and equipment are similarly sanitized and capped for delivery. The process is very similar to that which is required of dairy trucks.

During the shutdown, crews worked to remove a temporary pump which was installed in the well on New Year's Eve, when the main pump malfunctioned. The municipality's boom truck was used to lift the pump, which is located more than 45-feet below ground, out of the well. Four small cartridge filters and a water tank were also replaced. As part of this process, a company was brought in to inspect the facility and a camera was inserted into the well to provide a visual inspection.

After the new pump is installed, the system will be chlorinated and flushed. It will then be reconnected to the 52 residences that rely on this system.
"We are working hard to ensure that residents are not disrupted by this maintenance upgrade. We have taken all of the necessary steps to ensure residents have access to clean, safe drinking water. We were fortunate in this instance to come up with a plan that did not necessitate a boil water advisory," said Mr. McDonald.

This maintenance project is being done in compliance with safety norms set by the Ministry of the Environment and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. Inspectors from both provincial agencies were on site Tuesday to monitor the project.

Work at the Glen Robertson Water Treatment Plant is expected to be completed later today.

Lobbying begins

publisher Jun 8, 2018 - 9:30am

North Glengarry Deputy Mayor, and mayoralty candidate, Jamie MacDonald, wasted no time in reminding what the township expects of the new government.