Water main repair along Pie-IX Boulevard

    MONTREAL, Sept. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mayor of the
Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, Cosmo Maciocia, accompanied
by Sammy Forcillo, member of the Montréal executive committee, responsible for
infrastructures, roads and water management, today announced the temporary
closing of a major drinking-water main along Pie-IX Boulevard, after
inspections revealed failures in its structure. Work will begin around noon,
Saturday, September 22, resulting in a significant drop in water pressure for
a sector of the Rivière-des-Prairies. The two elected officials, joined by
directors of the departments involved in the project, provided an overview of
the measures taken to minimize inconveniences caused by repair operations.
    "In light of the information received, we immediately mobilized a
intervention unit which has been hard at work since last week planning
operations," said Mr. Forcillo. "We do not want to relive the 2002 incident.
Therefore, we are starting work now on repairs originally scheduled for the
winter of 2008. All the necessary measures have been put in place to
prioritize the health and safety of residents. We have combined all
departments involved in order to complete the repairs as soon as possible," he
    As a first step, the special unit will flush out the water main along
Pie-IX Boulevard, between Jarry Street and Industriel Boulevard, in the
Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough. The aim of this operation is to
prepare this large, 72-inch-wide pipe for dry auscultation to check its
condition and make any necessary repairs, thereby avoiding any risk of
    In the meantime, a subsidiary, 30-inch conduit will continue to supply
eastern sectors of the city. This operation will result in a drop in pressure
that could affect the water supply for certain Rivière-des-Prairies residents
in the area bounded by Rodolphe-Forget Street to the east, Maurice-Duplessis
Boulevard to the north, Henri-Bourassa Boulevard to the south and
Fernand-Gauthier Street to the west.
    "The nature and significance of the situation on Pie-IX has given us
reason for alarm regarding the entire water-supply issue since 2002, making it
a priority of this administration over the next 20 years, which is, basically,
our major aqueduct construction project," Mr. Forcillo added.
    Borough Mayor, Cosmo Maciocia, underscored that
"Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough personnel, working with
institutional partners, is hard at work to ensure that supplies of potable and
non-potable water are distributed efficiently to residents and business
establishments affected by the repairs. I wish to emphasize that fire
prevention and police services will be maintained throughout the water
shortage and Rivière-des-Prairies residents will enjoy the same services to
which they are accustomed."

    Immediate supply measures for Rivière-des-Prairies residents

    The Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough will begin
drinking-water distribution Friday, September 21 at noon at the Centre
récréatif de Rivière-des-Prairies, 7650 Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard.
    Residents will be provided with a special pass, conditional on proof of
residence (driver's license, public utility bill or Accès Montréal card). This
will entitle each household to a daily allocation of three, four-litre water
containers available at any of the three distribution points.
    Two other distribution points will open on Saturday, September 22, at
7 a.m.

    - Accès Montréal office: 8910 Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard
    - Centre aquatique de Rivière-des-Prairies: 12515 Rodolphe-Forget

    All three distribution points will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven
days a week.
    In the afternoon of Friday, September 21, four borough tank trucks
carrying non-drinking water for household purposes will begin regular patrols
of the affected area from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Residents may have the truck stop
for water by simply flagging it down.
    Information is available through the Accès Montréal telephone service at
514 872-3434. In addition, a boil-water advisory will be issued for area
residents who continue to have drinking-water service, although at a reduced

    A call for solidarity

    Residents of nearby boroughs are requested to limit their water
consumption to relieve demand on the distribution system. Residents of
Montréal-Nord, Saint-Léonard, Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Anjou,
Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension and Montréal-Est are asked to show
solidarity by restricting consumption to the minimum.
Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles authorities have instructed all
borough departments to reduce the volume of water normally used in the course
of their regular activities.


    Sammy Forcillo, executive committee member responsible for
infrastructures, explained that auscultation and repair work will begin on
Saturday, September 22 and should last for three to four weeks.

For further information:

For further information: Sophie Voyer, Chargée de communication, Service
des communications et des relations avec les citoyens, (514) 872-2425;
Philippe Sabourin, Chargé de communication, Relations avec les médias, (514)
872-5537; Source: Jean-François Circé, Chargé de communication, Arrondissement
de Rivière-des-Prairies, (514) 868-4318

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