Water main repair on boulevard Pie-IX - Improved water supply for Rivière-des-Prairies residents

    MONTREAL, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Sammy Forcillo, member of the
executive committee responsible for roads, infrastructures and water
management, and the Mayor of the Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles
borough, Mr. Cosmo Maciocia, today announced that the water supply situation
has improved significantly for area residents who had been experiencing a drop
in water pressure in the past months because of urgent repair work on the
water main under boulevard Pie-IX.
    Now that a booster pump has been installed on boulevard Henri-Bourassa,
and water pressure has reached a sufficient and regular level, the boil-water
advisory has been lifted for approximately 3,000 households and business
    "Our crews have been working hard over the past weeks to find a solution
to increase water pressure and restore drinking water service to
Rivière-des-Prairies residents. It was important to secure the supply of
drinking water in the short term and throughout the upcoming repair period to
rehabilitate the Pie-IX water main. We are working hard to begin these major
repairs as soon as possible," said Mr. Forcillo.

    Residents relieved

    "As of now, residents no longer have to boil water before drinking it.
This is excellent news for some 2,000 families. I wish to thank
Rivière-des-Prairies residents for their patience and understanding as well as
residents in neighbouring boroughs, who have reduced their water consumption
over the past few weeks as a sign of solidarity. Finally, I congratulate all
those who have been instrumental in making this operation to restore potable
and non-potable water supplies a success of which we can be proud," said Mr.
    "Situations such as this one bring out the civic-mindedness in
Montrealers. The administration and water management team have welcomed this
support which enabled them to continue to stabilize the drinking water network
and concentrate on solutions," said Mr. Forcillo.

    A major work site

    The Ville de Montréal recently announced that it will soon carry out work
to rehabilitate a 2.4-km section of the water main along Pie-IX. Auscultation
work revealed that the pipe had deteriorated seriously. Rehabilitation work on
the drinking water main could begin as soon as the call for proposals is
completed within the next few weeks. Repairs should last for four to six
months and will not affect water supply for
Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles residents.
    Until the rehabilitation work begins, no traffic obstructions have been
reported southbound along boulevard Pie-IX. Some inspection work of short
duration will be carried out on the pipe before the major repairs begin.
Meetings will be held with business owners and
Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension officials, to establish a traffic plan
for the upcoming repair period.
    Montréal will update the situation when required.

    Message for residents

    Residents, and especially residents of neighbouring boroughs, are asked
to continue to reduce their water consumption, especially mornings and
evenings, to reduce stress on the system.
    For more information on water main repairs, please visit the Ville de
Montréal Web site at ville.montreal.qc.ca or call 514 872-3434, 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week.
    Residents of Rivière-des-Prairies are asked to report any irregularities
regarding their water supply to one of the following Accès Montréal offices:
Rivière-des-Prairies: 514 872-6755 or Pointe-aux-Trembles: 514 872-6618.
Questions regarding health issues must be addressed to Info-Santé by calling
514 521-2100. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.
    The boil-water advisory has been lifted, which means that the
Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough will stop distributing
potable and non-potable water as of 7 p.m. today.

For further information:

For further information: Valérie De Gagné, Chargée de communication,
(514) 872-6013; Jean-François Circé, Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles
borough, (514) 868-4318; Source: Bernard Larin, Cabinet du comité exécutif 514

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