KAWARTHA LAKES-Some Lindsay residents were shocked to see brown water flowing from their taps and toilets on Wednesday.
The City says there was an isolated incident in Lindsay where a few buildings experienced brown water for a short period of time.
“The water, although discoloured, was still safe to drink.” Ashley Locke, Communications City of Kawartha Lakes told Kawartha 411.
“Lindsay experienced a brief unexpected power outage at one of the pumping reservoirs (4 minutes), while at the same time the Lindsay water plant was shut off for weekly maintenance. Under normal circumstances, these facilities would not be shut off at the same time.” Locke said.
Locke explained due to the power outage, water flow direction changed in the watermains as supply for the town was solely coming from the water tower. When there is a sudden change in direction of water flow, particularly in cast iron pipes, sometimes the tuberculation that builds up on the inside of the pipes (which is completely normal) comes loose, causing the discoloured water, stated Locke.
“As soon as we received notice that there was brown water, staff went out and flushed hydrants and it had cleared up in the mains by 5 pm. Our staff followed up yesterday with the places to make sure it was cleared in their building as well as an expected follow up this morning.”
Kids at BGC Kawarthas had to be removed from the splash pad after the water suddenly turned brown.
It’s unclear how many other buildings/homes experienced the same thing.