The Town of St. Marys has issued what it calls a "precautionary boil water notice" for for residents and businesses receiving municipal drinking water along Church Street North between the intersection of Queen Street East and Church Street, north to Trout Creek.
A break in a watermain beneath the west side of Church Street North, just north of the Queen Street intersection, was discovered late on Wednesday, April 30. On the morning of Thursday, May 1, the Town sent out a notice on its "Media Alerts" news service about "reduced lanes . . . due to water main repairs," with a plan to have traffic at the location reduced to one lane between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Thursday morning notice also advised of "reduced water pressure between the corner of Church and Queen St. E. and south side of Trout Creek (for an) unknown duration."
Just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, the Town followed up with a notice that "effective Thursday, May 1, the water was shut off for maintenance repairs to the watermain. As a result, we are recommending that you take the following precautions until further notice: Boil your water at a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it to drink; gargle; brush your teeth or rinse dentures; wash fruits, vegetables or other food; make ice, juices, puddings or other mixes; or make baby food or formula."
The notice added, "You may also use bottled water instead of boiled water for the above mentioned uses. Washing, bathing, showering, laundry, dishwashing, etc. can be carried out as usual; however, it is recommended to sponge bath infants and toddlers.
"You may notice discoloured water. It is recommended that a clear stream of water be obtained prior to doing any laundry."