MOUNT CARMEL — The Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System is undertaking a critical repair of the transmission pipeline at two locations in the Mount Carmel area this week.
According to a press release issued Monday, the repair was planned for Wed., Jan. 9 and was to be undertaken simultaneously at both locations.
The press release states the quality of the water supplied to area municipalities and consumers is not affected and most consumers should not experience any change from their normal water supply.
Municipalities supplied by the Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System include Bluewater, South Huron, Lambton Shores, Lucan Biddulph, North Middlesex, Middlesex Centre, Strathroy Caradoc and the City of London.
Damaged pipe detected
A recently completed condition assessment undertaken on the transmission pipeline between the water treatment plant in South Huron near Grand Bend and the terminal reservoir in Middlesex Centre near Arva detected two pipes damaged beyond acceptable tolerances and require immediate replacement.
The replacements of the two damaged pipes were scheduled for Jan. 9 at 4:30 a.m.
Although the replacement of the two pipes themselves is anticipated to take approximately 20 hours to complete, it will take another 24 hours for the water supply system to refill depleted reservoirs throughout the region before operations return to a more normal condition.
The majority of the water supplied to the consumers by the Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System will be provided from storage reservoirs while the pipe repairs are being undertaken. Some communities in the region may experience lower than normal water pressures, including Ailsa Craig and Ilderton. Consumers are encouraged to contact their municipality if experience discoloured water or have no water.