How to fix water line taps in Vancouver, B.C.
A water line extension in B.U.C.’s downtown is a new, but it’s not the first time a water line has been plugged.
In 2016, a utility in Surrey, B,C., was forced to shut off water to an elderly couple’s home after they complained of headaches and nausea.
And in 2009, the province of Ontario shut off its water supply to an 82-year-old man who was suffering from a heart condition.
In this case, the homeowner in Balsam Lake, Ont., said the water line was not properly installed and a technician removed the plug.
He said the utility has since installed a new line, but said he hasn’t seen any progress on the water.
“We’re not going to have any problems with it in the long run,” he said.
“I have water in my house that I have been keeping in.
It’s safe to keep it in there.”
The issue of water lines in British Columbia has come up several times before.
The province has been testing for corrosion, but has been reluctant to issue penalties for non-compliance.
In 2015, the BC Utilities Commission announced it was conducting a study of the waterline issue.
“The commission is exploring a number of options to address this issue,” said the commission’s chief executive, Richard Gendron.
“These include the installation of corrosion-resistant infrastructure, improving the design and installation of existing water lines, and improving the reliability of existing infrastructure.”
In 2018, a report from the provincial government said the province was doing its best to address the problem.
“While we are not in a position to offer an exact solution, we can say that the province is taking significant steps to address water lines,” the report said.
The province has made a number other changes to address concerns about water lines.
Last year, it installed a $3.4-million water line at the entrance of the Westmount Park recreation area in Vancouver.
The water line is located under a small park and is connected to the main water supply line at an access point at the park.