Montrose – Repairs underway but water restrictions remain

Water restrictions and the boil water advisory for two Greater Trail communities will likely extend into June.

Water restrictions and the boil water advisory for two Greater Trail communities will likely extend into June, according to the Village of Montrose’s chief administrative officer.

On the bright side, Kevin Chartres said the Montrose water supply would soon be connected through bypass by Saturday, removing stress from Beaver Falls and reducing water costs.

“This connection will still require careful management,” said Chartres. “Operational questions remain.”

The water pipe leakage destroyed roughly 10,000 m3 of property on the west  end of Ninth Avenue on the road reserve when a valve failed May 4.

Replacement of the failed valve was expected soon with the valve currently on order, Chartres said.

On Saturday the existing water supply main was flushed and cleaned.

“Very dirty water (was) encountered,” Chartres added. “The pumps ran until water cleared up.”

Also on Saturday the damaged area was revived with 140 loads of fill, and another 75 loads of fill is still required to complete the task.

More work including pipe installation, chamber retro-fit and base preparation is currently underway.

The Stage 3 Water Restrictions were put in place in Montrose since the pipe failure on May 4. The restriction banned residents from washing vehicles, running garden hoses or watering their lawns with anything other than an underground sprinkler.

Remediation work on the site will include final geotechnical inspection, as well as compaction for bank stability and slope treatment.