By Justin Seward
After five days of trying find a leak in the water main line, the Village of Foremost public works staff fixed the break by the evening of March 5.
It was on March 1 that 600 residents were put under an emergency water use restriction following a critical water line break.
Nine residences were without water for five days.
“It took us so long to find where the water main break was because we had water coming up in different spots,” said Trevor Ferguson, public works foreman for the village.
“It was 400 feet in different spots here and there and that’s why we were unable to locate our leak from one spot to another.”
The water-use warning to the residents was because the break caused a lot of water being lost.
“We lost 400 cubic metres of water out of our reservoir,” said Ferguson.
“Our reservoir was low and it took awhile to fill that back up.”
The brisk temperatures had an effect because crews ended up having to run an above ground bypass to maneuver around where the break was.
“We had fire hoses on top of the ground from fire hydrant to hydrant,” he said.
“We had the water above ground tarped.”
It was group effort between Bow Island’s Dendron Services, King’s Lake Colony, the public works staff and the Foremost fire department laying out a bypass.
There were six crew members between the public works staff and Dendron Services from Bow Island