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Domestic water shutdowns planned Starting March 19

Domestic water shutdowns are planned for a number of buildings during the week of March 19 to permit Alex McCoy Plumbing and Heating Ltd., working on behalf of Physical Plant Services, to install premise backflow prevention devices to ensure that water will never flow from the affected buildings into the water distribution system.

Water will be shut down as follows:

March 19 
8 am-Noon

  • Jackson Hall
  • Old Medical Building

12:30-4:30 pm

  • Kathleen Ryan (UPDATE>>> The water shutdown planned for Kathleen Ryan Hall is being rescheduled to Wednesday, March 21 between 8 am and noon.)
  • Fleming Hall, Stewart-Pollock and Jemmett Wings

March 20
7-9 am

  • University Club

8 am-Noon

  • Harkness Hall

12:30-4:30 pm

  • Ontario Hall UPDATE>>> The domestic water shutdown for Ontario Hall is being re-scheduled to Monday, March 26 between 8 am and noon. This shutdown will impact the building’s fire system as water will be shut off at the street. The project crew will ensure that a fire watch is scheduled accordingly.

    During the shutdown period, there will not be domestic hot or cold water for flushing toilets, hand washing, safety showers, eye wash stations or kitchen use, etc. Building occupants and visitors should be directed to washrooms in nearby buildings while work is in progress.

  •  300 Sir John A. MacDonald Blvd.

March 21

8 am-Noon

  • Waste Transfer Station (UPDATE>>> The shutdown planned for the Waste Transfer Station is been postponed until the correct parts arrive for this site. A separate notice will be issued when a new date is selected for the Waste Transfer Station.)

During each shutdown period, there will not be domestic hot or cold water for flushing toilets, hand washing, safety showers, eye wash stations or kitchen use, etc. Building occupants and visitors should be directed to washrooms in nearby buildings while work is in progress.

There are no fire safety implications for any existing building fire sprinkler systems as these have separate water feeds.

Note: There may be discolouration or air in your water when a tap is first opened following the service interruption. This is quite normal and is an aesthetic problem only; it does not present a safety concern. Run your water for several minutes before using it and the problem should quickly remedy itself. It is best to perform this initial flushing at a tap that is not equipped with a mesh strainer in order to avoid a possible fouling of the strainer.

For more information, please contact Fixit at ext. 77301 or by email.