As many are well aware, the water main break on our street has left many buildings without water and heat. Some heating systems rely on domestic water so if their building loses water/pressure, they also lose heat. People in such buildings are asked to turn their toilets off and avoid opening taps (hot or cold) for any reason. They need to conserve water and pressure in those systems.
Epcor has advised that the break will not be fixed tonight. They were able to turn the water back on for a short time, so some buildings may have a bit of heat on the lower floors for a while. Please use a ceramic space heater to heat your suite overnight, especially those of you on the upper floors, to prevent any pipes from freezing. But again, please DO NOT use any water or flush toilets…
Some buildings are heated with a gas powered-air forced system so they should not have any heating issues.
Unfortunately, at this point, there is very little we can do other than monitor things and make sure we are doing what we can to keep pipes from freezing. The Epcor crew will be back at it first thing in the morning (8:00am) and hopefully they will have this resolved tomorrow.
As of right now, Epcor is expecting repairs to be complete by 2pm. Until we confirm repairs are complete – it is imperative that there is no water used. Do not open taps or flush toilets. If our water pressure drops too low, there is a chance we can damage some of our mechanical equipment.
UPDATE (March 3rd, 2014 12:13pm):
The latest update is that Epcor could be finished the repair as early as 2pm or as late as 5pm. It all depends on how things go. Sorry I cannot give you more finite information. Good News is we *SHOULD* be back in business by suppertime today.
For those of you that have not already noticed, Epcor has dropped off some jugs if water in the lobby if you need some. Please continue to use your space heaters and monitor your pipes – do not leave your space heater unattended however – last thing we need is a fire with no water for our sprinklers. If you cannot be home and need someone to watch your place – Chris Bodnar (504) and myself (202) are home all day and can keep an eye on it for you. Just let us know.
Again – no water usage, no toilet flushes… First floor units – you MAY still have some heat left – feel the pipes coming out of your fancoil unit, if they feel warm, you will still get some heat.
Please let us know if you have any questions and I will provide another update once I have more information.
UPDATE (March 3rd, 2014 1:56pm):
Might be a bit late… but just in case – was just informed by Don Wheaton YMCA that residents can buy a shower pass for $4.50 if you still need to shower today… good to know!
UPDATE (March 3rd, 2014 4:00pm):
OK!!! Here’s the Good News!….
Looks like repair is done…. You can turn on your fan coils, cold water and toilets… the cold water may be a bit murky, so please flush the water for a few minutes until it runs clear. They are testing it, but they say it is safe. Please DO NOT use hot water yet (no showers, laundry etc) until our heating system has had a chance to catch up. I [Shauna] will send out an additional notice when it is safe to do so.
***5th Floor Residents***
Please check your fan coils when you get home for any leaks. If there was any water loss to the units they may be compromised. Please let us know ASAP if you think you may have a leak and use the red shut-off valves to shut off the water. Actually all residents should check theory fan coils – but especially on 5th floor… Stay tuned for further updates…. Thanks to all for your patience – we are ALMOST back to normal.
UPDATE (March 3rd, 2014 9:17pm):
Our heating system has had time to “catch up” and I think everyone now has heat and water! If you haven’t already, please ensure you “flush” your water lines by running the tap for a minute or 2 – this will allow any air to get out as well as maybe get rid of any murky water that may have been sitting in the pipes. Please also keep checking your fan coil units over the next few days for leaks. Other that that I think we are good to go to resume normal activities! If there is anything that you can put off (laundry etc) maybe wait till tomorrow, but really we should all be able to go about our daily activities!