Advisory of the Day
NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES, MB: WINTER INFRASTRUCTURE WOES PLAGUE MB TOWN
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By Ronan O'Doherty
What seemed like a simple leak fix has turned into quite an ordeal in Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba this week.
The town of over 700 people, located in south central Manitoba, had an early indication that something was wrong yesterday.
"We noticed our water consumption was higher than usual for our water distribution," said Lilliane Sorin, Administrative Assistant for the municipality of Lorne within which the town is located, "We looked for a leak and found it and were trying to close a valve (to isolate the leak) but it isn't working."
The provincial Office of the Drinking Water was notified and they suggested that the boil water notice be placed.
So far 65 houses and one business are affected by the advisory; however town officials fear that the issue could escalate if they need to use another valve further down the line in order to rectify the problem.
The valve further down the line supplies water to the main street businesses as well as a school, so the heart of the town will be effectively shut down for a day or two.
Early speculation leads Sorin to believe that the weather might be to blame.
"We have barely any snow, so there's no insulation," she said, "So the frost is lower than it would normally be."
Town officials believe it's too early to predict exactly when the advisory will be removed.
"We might push back the repair until Thursday," Sorin said, "And that will back up the water samples until after the long weekend at this point."
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