Watermain repair expected to impact Toronto's downtown core until April 30

Jan 22 2020, 8:37 am

The City of Toronto is currently working to repair a damaged downtown watermain, and the project is expected to continue into spring.

The watermain, located near Yonge and Gerrard Streets, was damaged by a private contractor on January 20.

While water service will not be interrupted, lower water pressure may be experienced in the following areas during the repairs: College and Carlton Street, to the north, Dundas Street, to the south, Sherbourne Street, to the east, and Spadina Avenue, to the west.

Repairs are expected to end on April 30, but will be occurring underground — so, no traffic disruption is expected.

Throughout the repair, water will be rerouted through surrounding watermains to ensure those in the area have access to a safe water supply. Minimal water pressure — 40 psi or greater — will be maintained throughout repair work.

Due to this rerouting, the flow of water in other local watermains may change direction and become slightly discoloured due to disruption of iron deposits. There are no health-related impacts associated with the discolouration, though, and the water is safe to drink.

Toronto Water will be flushing local watermains in the area to minimize discolouration.

Anyone in a building less than four storeys experiencing discoloured water should flush the taps by running the water until it is clear, which can take up to 30 minutes. If the discolouration continues after flushing, contact 311.

Those in taller multi-residential buildings should contact the property manager.

Further, anyone who experiences no water or extremely low water pressure should contact 311.