Second Penticton water main break should be fixed much sooner than the first

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PENTICTON - If you live in the area of Carmi Avenue and your water is brown, the City of Penticton says it's likely from a water main break that happened at roughly 11:15 this morning, Feb. 4.

The city was able to shut off a valve, isolating the problem so the crew could work on the section requiring repairs, according to a media release. So far it appears the repair is routine and the city expects the job will be done around 5 p.m. to restore water service to the nearly 25 properties affected.

The city is not issuing an advisory or boil water notice as a result of this break and this failure is not related to the downtown water main situation.

If you notice a brown tinge to the water, the city says this is normal and the water is safe to drink. It's caused by a large volume of water escaping the system which stirs up sediment in the pipe. Run the taps for 15 to 30 minutes until the water runs clear. 

If the water doesn't clear, contact the public works department at 250-490-2500.

To contact a reporter for this story, email, call 250-488-3065. To contact the managing editor, email Marshall Jones at or call 250-718-2724.

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