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August 12, 2019


Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex closed for scheduled maintenance

Released: 11:10 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Residents are advised that the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex will be closed for scheduled maintenance beginning at the end of August.

The entire facility, including the Harvey Smith Library, will be closed from August 26 to September 8, 2019. The book return and the Smart Locker will not be available during the closure.  All holds, including Smart Locker holds, will be redirected to St. James – Assiniboia Library (1910 Portage Ave.), unless customers select an alternate location.

The library and gym are anticipated to reopen on September 9; however, the pool and change rooms won’t reopen until September 29, 2019.

Note: The facility will temporarily reopen for one day only on August 27, 2019 for in-person Leisure Guide registration in the cafeteria area.

Visit City of Winnipeg – Winnipeg Public Library for more information about library hours, locations, and programs.

For alternate swimming opportunities, please visit City of Winnipeg - Indoor Pools.

Waverley Underpass project area at Waverley Street and Taylor Avenue will be closed this weekend

Following the weekend closure, traffic will re-route through the newly constructed underpass while construction of the remaining road works continue

Released: 11:55 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Waverley Underpass project area at Waverley Street and Taylor Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic this weekend from Friday, August 16 at 5:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, August 19. This will allow for the preparation needed to move northbound and southbound traffic from the detour road through the newly constructed underpass on Monday morning.

The closure boundaries for this weekend are:

  • Taylor Avenue will be closed from the Re-Fit approach to Cambridge Street
  • Waverley Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Wilkes Avenue to Mathers Avenue
  • Saturday afternoon and evening only, from approximately 13:00 to 21:00, no through traffic on Hurst Way / Wilkes Avenue at Waverley Street

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the new multi-use path on the east side of Waverley Street throughout the weekend.

Immediately following this weekend’s closure, traffic will begin operating through the newly constructed underpass.  Motorists will no longer experience train delays, however major roadworks are still required to remove the detour road and reconstruct a portion of the Taylor Avenue intersection.

Temporary turning movement restrictions will be in place at the Taylor intersection following the weekend closure. Turning restrictions include:

  • Eastbound Taylor at Waverley, no left turn
  • Northbound Waverley at Taylor, no left turn
  • Southbound Waverley at Taylor, no left turn
  • Limited through lanes (intermittent lane closures throughout site)

Additional details of the full weekend closure and underpass opening can be found on the project website.

Motorists can continue to expect construction related delays after the weekend closure, and should use alternative routes such as Kenaston Boulevard and Pembina Highway.

Construction is expected to be completed in November 2019 and landscaping will be completed in spring 2020.

For Transit re-route information, follow @transitalerts or contact 311.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

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City of Winnipeg offering free water quality testing for residents with lead pipes

Released: 1:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is offering free water quality testing for residents who may have lead water pipes, as the Government of Canada has recently reduced the maximum allowable lead level in drinking water to 0.005 mg/L.

Lead is a common, natural metal found throughout the environment. Lead can be harmful if too much of it enters the body. Pregnant women and children are most at risk of the effects of lead.

Most Winnipeggers will not be impacted by the new guidelines for lead in drinking water, as the City’s source water at Shoal Lake has no detectable lead. Orthophosphate, a food-grade phosphoric acid, is also added during the treatment process. It forms a protective coating inside water pipes which helps reduce corrosion that can add lead to the water supply. However, residents who have lead pipes or lead in other parts of their plumbing may have increased levels of lead in their water if the water sits in the pipes.

Starting today, letters will be sent to residents whose properties have been identified as possibly having lead water pipes. Residents who would like to take advantage of the free water quality testing can contact 311. The City will collect a water sample, analyze it, and provide the results to the resident within 30 days.

Please note that the City does not go door-to-door to offer water testing.

Tips for homeowners

Homeowners with lead pipes or connections can reduce lead exposure by following these tips:

  • Flush your plumbing system before consuming any water that has been standing in your pipes for more than 6 hours, as standing water can absorb metals from the pipes
    • You can flush your system by running your tap for up to 10 minutes, flushing the toilet, taking a shower or starting a load of laundry
  • After flushing, fill containers with water and keep them in the fridge for drinking
  • Use cold water for cooking and drinking, as hot tap water can absorb trace metals from water pipes
  • Consider using home water treatment devices that have the proper certification to reduce or remove lead, such as:
    • Water filters with the Health Canada-recommended certification label ANSI/NSF Standard No. 53 for reduction of lead
    • Distillation units
    • Reverse osmosis units
  • Consider replacing the lead pipe that runs from your home up to the shut-off valve (usually at your property line); you are responsible for this part of the water pipe

For more information about lead in drinking water and lead control programs for Winnipeg, visit winnipeg.ca/leadprogram

August 12, 2019