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Asvisory of the Day



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The City of Owen Sound has issued a precautionary drinking water advisory after a water main break occurred late Wednesday night.

The area affected is located in a mixed use area in the northeast corner of the city, where there are commercial, industrial and residential properties.

City officials have given a rough approximation of 400 properties affected.

Those in the zone north of 10th Street East and east of 9th Avenue East have been advised to not drink or use the water until the issue has been resolved.

According to Brent Fisher, Manager of Community Development and Marketing for Owen Sound, the water main is still in the process of being repaired and a bypass has been put in the interim. Flushing will follow.

Preliminary tests have been sent to a lab in London as of this afternoon.

The city has opened several facilities for affected residents who might need to wash up. A media release on their website advises,"The City is making the Bayshore Community Centre(1900 3rd Avenue East)and the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre(700 10th Street East)available for showering today until 10:00 PM and again Friday, January 12th beginning at 6:30 AM. The Family Y is also available for showers."

It's assumed that there shouldn't be too much disruption over the next couple days while the issue is resolved.

"The hope is that those affected have friends or families that they can use to utilize amenities," said Fisher.

Local businesses have also stepped in to help out.

The media release points out that,"Drinking water is available at the Water Depot(640 10th Street West) and the Water Store(1565 16th Street West)for residents affected by the advisory. The Water Store has a limited supply. Residents affected are encouraged to bring their own water containers for transportation."

A spokesperson for Grey Bruce Public Health has said that no illnesses as a result of the break have been reported so far.

Officials are hoping that the advisory will be lifted as soon as tomorrow afternoon.

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