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Water Today Title October 26, 2020

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All residents and businesses in the municipality of La Tuque will have their water service cut on May 29 and 30 due to planned works in the city's water network.

"Workers will be replacing part of the pipeline that supplies water to the WestRock Pulp and Paper Mill," explained Hélène Langlais, director of Communications of La Tuque.

This is the final phase of a project that began last year to replace the main waterline in La Tuque's water system. The private contractor Excavations Lafontaine will replace the last 600 meters of pipeline that connects the urban center with the Mill. The replaced pipeline is more than 100 years old and built of wood slats wrapped with iron hoops.

"Next week's water interruption is due to the fact that the separated sections will be finally connected together in three locations," explained Langlais.

The cost of the project is $6 millions, a fifth of which has been financed by the municipality and the rest by Westrock. It is estimated that WestRock's Pulp and Paper Mill uses 88% of La Tuque's potable water

Before the water shut-off, affected residents are advised to store at least eight litres of water per person to drink, fill their bathtubs with water to be used to flush the toilet and turn off the water supply to the water heaters.

Residents with swimming pools are asked to fill them up, so that in case of emergency firefighters may use them as water reservoirs.

The municipality has also installed 127 portable toilets and water tank trucks will be available to supply water to residents.

Once the service is established a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) will be issued as a precautionary measure. The advisory is expected to last at least 48 hours, until test results on water samples deem the water drinkable.

The municipality of La Tuque will monitor and inform residents as works in the water network progress via its automated phone message system, website and social media platforms.


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