West end Owen Sound residents happy to shower again

The sound of showers and dishwashers rang out across Owen Sound's west end Wednesday night when city officials lifted the water ban as the result of Tuesday morning's watermain break.

For almost two full days, more than 850 homes north of 8th Street West were under a do not use water advisory issued after the break on 10th Street West in front of Shoppers Drug Mart early Tuesday morning. 

It meant they couldn't use the water for anything but flushing the toilet - no showers, no drinking, no dishes. 

The Family Y (Rec Centre) and the Bayshore Community Centre were opened up for public use of the showers and to collect drinking water (in their own containers).


“We would like to thank all of the residents and businesses for their patience while we worked to resolve this situation,” said Dennis Kefalas, Director of Public Works and Engineering. “The City has a state of the art water treatment plant, operated by a professional and dedicated staff and we look forward to continuing to supply the residents of Owen Sound with clean and safe drinking water,” concluded Kefalas.

Being that the Water Advisory has been lifted after normal business hours, the city encourages residents who were in the affected area to notify their neighbors that the advisory has been lifted and that normal water use may resume.

The broken watermain was on the repair list to complete when the city began its reconstruction of the 10th Street bridge next year.