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Large watermain break reported in King, Fairway area of Kitchener

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area
Watermain pipe (via Shutterstock)

Crews are dealing with a large watermain break in the area of King, Weber and Fairway Road on Friday.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area, and roads near there will be closed while the repair is made. King Street East is closed between Fairway Road and Hofstetter Avenue

Water is currently shut off to King, from Morgan, to River Road.

The city has the following instructions for residents when the water is turned back and if they 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.

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