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Water main repairs to shut down service in downtown Sorrento on Friday

Water shutdown on Friday

Some Sorrento residents and businesses will be without water on Friday.

The Columbia-Shuswap Regional District says the temporary water shutdown is required to make repairs to water lines.

Service will be turned off from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 a.m.

The work follows a water leak in downtown Sorrento discovered on Wednesday.

To minimize disruption, residents are advised to store enough water to exceed their needs in case the service interruption is longer than anticipated.

A good rule of thumb is to have approximately four litres of drinking water per person, per day.

A good place to store water for the day is in the bathtub, the CSRD says.

You can use buckets of stored water to flush toilets.

Refrain from using washing machines and dishwashers during the shutdown.

Once service is restored, residents may notice discoloration from sediment in the water system. It is not harmful, as the water has been disinfected.

Air may also be present in piping. Running a garden hose or cold water bathtub faucet for several minutes should eliminate both air and discoloration.

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