Reservoir work affects Nanaimo water quality

NANAIMO – As the City of Nanaimo brings a new reservoir online, residents might experience disruption in water supply.

As the City of Nanaimo brings a new reservoir online, residents might experience disruption in water supply.

The work to bring the new Reservoir No. 1 and Energy Recovery Facility on Nanaimo Lakes Road online might also stir up sediments that have accumulated in the pipes, causing tap water to turn brown.

The disruptions are temporary, and discoloured water can be cleared by running water through an outside hose bib or cold water tap, such as a bathtub. Once online, 30 per cent of the city’s water will be fed through the new reservoir and the city will generate power for sale to the grid.

Reservoir No. 1 is located near the Nanaimo Parkway.