1. First off, thank you - VERY MUCH - to the citizens of Brighton for their continued patience & understanding during this ongoing State of Emergency.
2. At last night's council mtg, I moved - and Councillor McMurray seconded - a motion directing Mayor Walas to speak to the issue of the ongoing State of Emergency & water main break. This motion was unanimously supported by Council. Between Mayor Walas' statement & Council's questions, following is a timeline for resolution of the water main break. PLEASE NOTE: The following timeline is subject to change. It is based on the best available information & estimates that are currently available. The ongoing State of Emergency very much remains a very fluid situation.
(a) there were 2 breaks along the water main that supplies fresh water to urban Brighton;
(b) the first break (in the vicinity of the gas station on County Rd 30) has been fixed;
(c) the second break (in the vicinity of County Road 26) remains unfixed. Despite this continuing break, the Emergency Control Group decided it was prudent to restore the water supply on the evening of Saturday, April 18;
(d) the repair of the second break depends on the receipt of a replacement valve. It is BELIEVED that the correct valve has been located & will arrive in Brighton sometime today, April 21;
(e) when it is confirmed that the replacement valve is - in fact - the correct valve, there will be notification of a scheduled shut down of the water supply system. AT THIS TIME, it is anticipated this scheduled shut down will happen on the evening of Saturday, April 25; and
(f) crews will work to install this valve in the most timely manner possible. It is hoped that the valve installation can be completed by Sunday evening & that water supply can be restored at that time. Even after the valve repair is completed, there will be a requirement to maintain the Boil Water Advisory for at least another 48 hrs. The Boil Water Advisory can only be lifted after there have been 2 consecutive negative (ie; good) water quality tests. Each of the tests takes approx 24 hrs to complete.
3. Please also be aware that the State of Emergency, Boil Water Advisory & Burn Ban remain in effect.
4. I believe - and have heard it very clear & loud from the many e-mails & phone calls I have received - that there continues to be a need for improved communications during this State of Emergency. I am confident that the Emergency Control Group will make very effort to improve communications as this State of Emergency progresses. And - be assured - that I commit to doing all I can to improve communications when the State of Emergency is lifted.
5. There is nothing confidential in this e-mail. Please ensure its widest distribution.
6. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the preceding - or any other - issue.
613 475 5120