Getting to root of major water main break

Posted By: Laura Casella · 1/29/2013 1:14:00 PM

We still don't know the cause of yesterday's major water main break.

It sent cascades of water into the downtown core, pouring out of a 48-inch pipe connected to the McTavish reservoir.

City spokesman Jacques-Alain Lavallée says crews will be digging at the site on McTavish near Doctor-Penfield to pinpoint the cause.

"Our engineers are on location and once we dig we will be able to say what caused this," he told reporters Tuesday morning.

There is construction going on where the break happened but the city doesn't want to place any blame. 

"Because of the temperature dropping and the number of cars and trucks that travel through the downtown core, with the vibrations, this sort of break happens regularly."

Meanwhile, there was still water streaming down University st on the east side of McGill University throughout the morning.

The city says the water was fallout from yesterday's break and not due to another pipe burst. 

Video, photos: Laura Casella (CJAD)

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