Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Residents Face Water Crisis Following Main Break

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Work continues on Nov. 30, 2023 on the water main break that left tens of thousands of residents in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu without potable water. SOURCE: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu/Facebook

Tens of thousands of residents in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu continue to grapple with a significant water outage, with repair works on a major water main break extending into another day. This crisis, affecting over 50,000 residents, has led to a state of emergency in the city.

Prolonged Water Disruption

According to CTV News, the city announced on Thursday that the repair work on the water main break will continue throughout the day. The break, which occurred at the intersection of Saint-Jacques and Caldwell streets, has impacted residents in the Saint-Jean, Acadia, and Saint Luke areas in the north of the city.

Repair Efforts Underway

“The welding has been done on the broken pipe on Thursday morning and civil engineers are on-site inspecting the work,” the city stated. “Over the next few hours, a team of experts working on high-pressure pipes will weld the parts. This is a meticulous execution that requires several hours. Then, civil engineering works will be necessary and will continue until midday Thursday.”

The City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu has handed out over 45,000 four-litre bottles of water to residents affected by the water main break. SOURCE: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu/Facebook

Emergency Measures and Water Distribution

In response to the crisis, the city declared a state of emergency on Wednesday. City workers have been deployed at Boucher and Pierre-Caisse streets to distribute bottled water. “Around 45,000 four-litre bottles have been distributed,” the city reported, adding that residents are allowed two four-litre bottles of water per address per day. Distribution centers will be operational from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Boil Water Advisory

Following the water main break on Monday, the city cut off the water supply on Tuesday and issued boil water advisories. The advisories remain in effect, and residents are advised to follow safety protocols until the situation is fully resolved.

Ongoing Challenges

The prolonged water outage presents significant challenges for the affected residents, encompassing around 26,000 homes, businesses, and institutions. The city is working diligently to restore water supply and ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens.