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Water main break will leave BX area of Vernon with no water for 24 hours

Drinking water is poured into a glass from a faucet in North Vancouver, Tuesday, July 30, 2019.
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June 30, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Vernon residents are being encouraged to use as little water as possible as a burst pipe means some areas of the city will have to go without water for 24 hours.

A media release from the Regional District of North Okanagan says a major water main serving Greater Vernon Water is currently under an emergency repair and some areas of the BX will have their water shut off for 24 hours. The Regional District is asking customers to prepare for 24 hours without water by filling up jugs to store drinking water, and bathtubs can be filled to store water for cooking and cleaning.

The Regional District is also warning that if water use remains high a second area of the city will be included in the shut-off. The water to large agricultural services is being turned off to limit flows and industrial water users are asked to reduce use as much as possible.

In an effort to preserve water the Regional District has a mandatory ban on outdoor water use, and automatic sprinklers and drip irrigation systems must be turned off. The ban remains in place until Friday, July 3.

The Regional District says the water main break is located at an early point in the distribution system, so most Greater Vernon Water customers are being served by one source instead of the two. Workers attempted to fix the break Tuesday, June 28, morning but were unable to do so due to high water use within the system. It's estimated the repair will be completed by the morning of July 2.

For more information and a map of the affected areas go here.

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