A water main break at the Canoe Forest Products mill caused extremely low water pressure for a few hours in the Canoe area. -Image credit: File photo. A water main break at the Canoe Forest Products mill caused extremely low water pressure for a few hours in the Canoe area. -Image credit: File photo.

Watermain break causes problems in Canoe

Reservoir levels and community water pressure are now back to normal

The taps are back on in Canoe after a watermain break resulted in extremely low pressure for that neighbourhood.

Rob Niewenhuizen, director of engineering and public works for the city, says water problems began at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 25.

As the city crews began to investigate, it was determined the source of the issue was a “substantial” watermain break at Canoe Forest Products.

“Once we realized where the break was, the situation was isolated by staff and we were able to restore the water levels in the reservoir and restore water pressure by 10:30 a.m.,” says Niewenhuizen.

“We have dealt with the city system and the Canoe mill will deal with the damage on their side.”

The situation was posing a concern for students at North Canoe School, however, as repairs were in progress the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District opted to keep classes running.

Interior Health was notified about the situation but had no concerns.