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Water Main Replacement to begin immediately

March 19, 2015

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As residents are aware, the Municipality of Kincardine, along with other municipalities across the Province of Ontario, are experiencing problems with freezing/breakage of water lines and mains due to the prolonged period of frigid weather.

Late last week, a serious problem with the Durham Market South water main was discovered. Longitudinal splits had occurred resulting in severe leaks. In consideration of the age and condition of the pipe, if that section was repaired, it is anticipated that these issues would continue to occur in other sections. Thus, Council has approved replacement of the entire water main on Durham Market South from Queen Street to Princes Street.

Construction work will commence immediately and the expected time frame until the new main is in service is 2 weeks. The existing water main will remain operational until that point. Businesses located on Durham Market South will continue to operate during their normal business hours.

The Municipality appreciates the cooperation and patience of those directly affected by this work, particularly in view of the short notice provided.

 Residents are asked to continue running a tap in their home to avoid frozen water lines, until further notice from the Municipality. In recognition of the extra costs to cooperating residents, Council has granted an exemption for all residential properties by charging the equivalent of the fixed monthly rates only for the period commencing February 1st, 2015 until such time that the risk of freezing has been reduced (currently estimated to last until March/April). Staff have been authorized to provide similar relief to any affected businesses.

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