Homes left without water for hours following watermain break in Saanich

Homes left without water for hours following watermain break in Saanich

Several homes and businesses in Saanich were without water for hours on Tuesday after a watermain broke on Tillicum Road.

Videos showed that around 4:30 p.m. yesterday, water covered a large portion of the 3400-block of Tillicum Road. One video shows that the source of the break was coming from a nearby construction site.

Crews from Saanich Public Works spent at least two hours trying to stop the flow.

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“Crews attended the site and immediately acted to isolate the watermain system and assemble de-chlorination tactics for any water entering the drainage system. The isolation process was required to be widespread at the outset in order to control the initial flows,” said the district in a statement.

“This was in place by about 6:30 p.m.. This meant that households within several blocks of the immediate area had limited or no water services for the initial few hours.”

Crews spent several more hours restoring water services for nearby homes and businesses, which was fully operational by 11:30 p.m.

The district says the watermain system is made of cast iron and was built in 1950. The municipality is not aware of any property damage at this time.

“We are investigating the cause to confirm that it was isolated to a valve failure,” said the district.

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