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Port Perry residents asked to store extra supply of water

The Region of Durham has contracted IQ Environmental to clean the watermains in Port Perry as part of the regular water supply system maintenance program.

The cleaning program will be performed between May 6 and 31, said a region statement.

Residents will receive a hand-delivered notice, 24 to 48 hours prior to the start of the cleaning operation on their street.

“The work will be carried out in an efficient manner with the least possible inconvenience to residents. You are advised to keep a supply of water on hand for drinking, cooking and general purposes during this cleaning procedure,” the notice said.

This work will be performed during the night between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am the following morning.

It is suggested that affected residents close the shut-off valve at the water meter to ensure that water is not drawn into the home until cleaning is completed. Where this is not possible, it is very important that no water is used for any purpose, including the flushing of toilets, furnace-mounted humidifiers and backwashing of water softeners. If water is used during this period, it could result in material being drawn into the internal plumbing of the home, causing a blockage.

Once the cleaning operation is complete, turn on a cold water tap only and let it run for about five minutes before using hot water, said the notice.

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