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2018/1/5

KENORA, ON: CONTINUED INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES IN NORTHERN ONTARIO CITY



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More winter woes are being experienced by a couple of neighbourhoods in Kenora, Ontario this winter as a major feeder line requiring repairs occasioned a boil water advisory (BWA).

According to Biman Paudel, Division Lead for the Water and Wastewater Division for Kenora, the feeder line broke on Saturday, December 30.

He indicated that the recent weather has played a role.

"The frost is five or six feet into the ground and it definitely affects our infrastructure," Paudel said, "The temperature has been below 30 (degrees Celsius) for 24 hours a day for weeks now."

The neighbourhoods of Keewatin and Norman, which houses between 4000 and 5000 residents, are affected by the BWA. The same area had a similar experience in the middle of November 2017 when a water main broke.

Paudel said that the incidents are not connected.

Despite some delays, most of the steps needed to remedy the issue have been taken.

"We have completed the repairs," said Paudel, "We were looking for some parts but we got them from Winnipeg on New Year's day and on Tuesday we finished the whole thing."

He said that as of right now, they're just waiting for the lab results. A lab in Thunder Bay received one set of samples yesterday and a second one is being send today.

They're hoping for quick results but as the lab is six hours away, sometimes it can take a while. A closer lab is located in Winnipeg but provincial rules stipulate that an Ontario lab must be used.



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