Contractor severed water supply to Alexandria: township

In this supplied photo, a diver from Dundee Marine heads into the water to shut off the water to the main intake pipe to Alexandria's water treatment plant on Thursday, May 2, 2019. The township says a contractor 'unknowingly' cut the line. (North Glengarry via Newswatch Group)

ALEXANDRIA – A contractor “unknowingly” severed the main intake for Alexandria’s water supply, the township said Friday.

People in Alexandria had to start cutting down on their water use on Thursday (May 2) after the main supply line broke.

North Glengarry turned off the supply to the water plant and brought in pumps and a temporary water line to feed the system while residents have been getting their water from the supply in the Alexandria Water Tower.

So far, the system is holding up, officials said. “Our system is working at normal capacity.” The water is also safe to drink.

“This enabled us to continue to operate the Alexandria Water Plant and to ensure that our more than 1,500 water connections, representing approximately 3,000 residents, continue to have high-quality and quantity of water,” the township said.

It’s going to take some time to make the repairs to the broken line – possibly “the next few days.”

The construction will mean sections of Derby Street West and Park Avenue will be affected and the township is asking people to avoid the area.

Alexandria uses about 2,000 cubic meters (440,000 gallons) of water a day.

Glen Robertson is not affected.