Kitchener Utilities

Emergency Water Shut Down Barbara Cres Update 10:34

Posted on Wednesday May 23, 2018

As Of 10:34 Am the water is back on  

As Of  9:35 Am we have had to Shut down the water on this street for 1/2hr to 1 hr - no notice has been Given we are sorry for the inconvenience

When the water is turned back on, this could result in discoloured or milky water. 

Instructions for residents: When the water is turned back on you may find it to be slightly discoloured or "milky". 

Discoloured Water

The discolouration is from iron and manganese that are naturally occurring in the groundwater. When the mains are flushed or there is a change in pressure from events such as a fire or a watermain break; the iron and manganese that has settled in the distribution system can be stirred up. To eliminate the discoloured water you can turn on a cold water tap nearest your water meter and let it flush slowly for several minutes until it runs clear. 

Milky water

If your water is "milky", it has air in it. You can turn on a cold water tap at the highest point in your home and again let it run slowly for a few minutes until the air is gone.