Trenton water main repair project
On Monday, July 17, Quinte West Public Works staff discovered a significant water main break in the primary Trenton Water Service water main located under the Trent River beside the D. J. MacDonald Bridge in Trenton. On Tuesday, City staff engaged an underwater repair contractor to install a temporary repair clamp on the water main. Some customers experienced disruptions to water flow and pressure while the temporary repair work was completed. This repair work stabilized the supply of water to customers in the affected service. However, the underwater location of the break may result in ongoing challenges until the water main is permanently repaired.
On July 25, Cobourg Development Services completed the installation of a temporary water pipe along the north sidewalk of the D. J. MacDonald Bridge in Trenton. The temporary water pipe is now fully operational, providing water to Trenton Water Service customers west of the Trent River affected by the July 17 water main break.
The temporary pipe will remain in place until the water main is permanently repaired.
The City continues to investigate the cause of the water main break and gather more information to determine the best permanent repair option for the primary water main.
A permanent repair for the primary Trenton Water Service water main will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
The permanent repair, which was presented to and approved by Quinte West Council during the Sept. 6 Council meeting, includes the installation of a flexible Primus Line liner that will be placed inside the existing water main through an open section of the pipe. This flexible liner is able to accommodate 45-degree bends in the pipe. Air or water pressure is used to inflate this liner against the existing pipe wall. This option will maintain water service to Trenton water service customers for the duration of the repair work and will have little to no impact on traffic in the surrounding area. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October 2023.
- July 19, 2023 – Emergency water main repairs continue in Trenton
- July 21, 2023 – City installs temporary 550-metre long water supply pipe on D.J. MacDonald Bridge in Trenton
- July 26, 2023 – Temporary water pipe now serving Trenton water customers
- Oct. 3, 2023 – Permanent repair work on the Trenton water main to begin Wednesday
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
A Boil Water Advisory is not in effect. The Boil Water Advisory issued for west end Trenton residents on July 18 was lifted by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health on July 20.
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