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Scheduled maintenance to temporarily interrupt water services in Athabasca

Water line work to take place Dec. 6

ATHABASCA — Athabasca residents in a southeast section of town can expect to be without water for a few hours. Wednesday, Dec. 6, after the Town of Athabasca announced a water line repair. 

An advisory alert via the Alertable app was sent out at 9:37 a.m. Dec. 5, notifying residents of scheduled water line maintenance in the area of 45 Ave and 53 Street.

Graeme Douglas, public works superintendent for the town said work is expected to begin around 9 a.m.. Travel on both 45 Ave and 53 Street will be restricted for the safety of crew members and equipment working in the area. 

“Please avoid travel in this area and obey temporary traffic signage,” read the advisory from the town. 

Douglas said if all goes well, the maintenance won’t take all day, but in the case of unexpected hiccups he said work should be finished around 6 p.m. at the latest. 

The advisory alert informed affected residents to flush any cold-water faucets to clear any discoloured water after service has been restored. 

Water system improvements

A second announcement for scheduled maintenance was posted on the town's website Dec. 5, advising residents of multi-day water system improvements in the area of 46 Ave that aren't expected to interrupt water services. 

The notice said work is expected to begin at 8 a.m. Dec. 6, and will continue to Dec. 8, wrapping up at 6 p.m. each day. The town encourages residents to avoid travel in the area while crews are working. If water services are interrupted, a flush of cold-water faucets is encouraged to clear any discoloured water when services are restored. 

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