Elevated areas of Victoria experiencing low water pressure

Terry Roberts
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Up to 30 homes in elevated areas of the Town of Victoria are experiencing low water pressure today because of a build-up of ice and slush at the intake pipe in Rocky Pond.

Victoria Mayor Barry Dooley.

Up to 30 homes in elevated areas of the Town of Victoria are experiencing low water pressure today because of a build-up of ice and slush at the intake pipe in Rocky Pond.

Mayor Barry Dooley said unseasonably cold temperatures created the problem, and since the system is gravity flow, homes in higher areas on streets such as Church Road, Penney's Hill and Rattle's Road are being impacted.

Towns officials have switched to an old intake pipe that was taken out of use several years ago, but Dooley said the problem could persist for several days.

He said the situation is especially concerning for the fire department, since low water pressure could pose a safety hazard in the event of an emergency.

"We have put our fire department on alert, asking them to keep the pumper truck filled with water," said Dooley.

Dooley is urging residents to be especially mindful of fire safety, since many homeowners in the area heat their dwellings with woodstoves.

Dooley said the it's a situation that has occurred several times in the past, though he was not willing to blame it on a design problem with the system.

"As a last resort, we may have to get somebody in to go in the pond and clear that up. We have our staff monitoring it," said the mayor.

Previously, water was pumped to these elevated areas, but Dooley said the pump was removed when the current system was installed. He said council may have to revisit the need for a pump in this area of town.

"It may be something we have to look at in the future to bring the pump system back for times like this," he stated.

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Geographic location: Victoria, Rocky Pond

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