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Water Today Title October 26, 2020

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On May 22, the municipality of Saint-François-du-Lac issued a preventive Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for all residents due to planned works.

Starting at 10 p.m., residents had their water service cut for the night of May 22. Once the service is re-established, the preventive Boil Water Advisory is expected to last at least 48 hours, until tests on water samples deem the water drinkable.

The reason of the interruption of the water service is that “the main pipeline is going to be replaced and water will be rerouted to a temporary pipeline," said Peggy Péloquin, General Director of the municipality of Saint-François-du-Lac.

The works are part of a planned major replacement of the pipelines of the sanitary sewer, storm sewer and drinking water supply networks.

The project, mandated to the private firm Groupe Gagné Construction, was budgeted at $1 million and is expected to end by mid June, explained Péloquin.

The works are partially financed by the "Gas Tax Fund" transfer program, Programme de la taxe sur l'essence et de la contribution du Québec 2014-2018 (TECQ), administered by Quebec's ministry of municipal affairs.

The program established in 2014, transfers part of the revenue from the federal gas tax and Quebec's infrastructure contributions to Quebec's municipalities, to be used in water infrastructure improvement projects. The program has a budget of $2.67 billions for the 2014-2018 year period.

The pipeline replacement works also affect traffic in the area. Highway 143 will be closed, between Highway 132 and Aqueduc Street, until June 20. Drivers are advised to take alternative routes via Saint-Jean-Baptiste Strip, Highway 132 or Route des Vingt road.

Residents affected by the water advisory are required to bring tap water to a rolling boil for at least a minute before drinking it or use bottled water. Once the advisory is lifted, a notice will be delivered to residents and shared on Saint-François-du-Lac's website.


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