A water distribution system pipe that carries water across the Assiniboine River between north and south Winnipeg has been rehabilitated and will be returned to service November 23. The 10-month rehabilitation of the Midtown feeder main began in January 2013 and was completed within the council-approved $6.8-million budget.

The City of Winnipeg. Credit: K. Cumming

The 900 millimetre diameter pipe has been in service since the mid-fifties, and was nearing the end of its useful life. Rehabilitation work included replacing the steel water pipe, strengthening and modifying the unique dedicated bridge structure it sits on, and stabilizing the riverbank.

The city of Winnipeg issued a release on November 22 warning residents that the reintroduction of the feeder might cause discoloured water in their taps, a phenomenon many residents are already familiar with.

“Any time there is a major change in the rate or direction of flow of water in the distribution system, sediment—including dead algae and minerals (e.g., manganese, iron)—in the water pipes can loosen and be released into the water,” the city release said. “It is recommended that residents not use discoloured water for any purposes that require clean water, such as for drinking, preparing food and beverages, or laundry.”

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