Norrish Creek water supply is back online

Bill for damage caused by slide estimated at $450,000

  • Nov. 19, 2013 10:00 a.m.
The Norrish Creek water supply has been restored following a slide in October that severed the water pipe.

The Norrish Creek water supply has been restored following a slide in October that severed the water pipe.

The Norrish Creek water supply is back online after a slide took out the main water supply pipe in early October.

On October 2, a rock slide occurred on the Forest Service Road to Norrish Creek completely blocking the road and causing a breach in the water supply pipe leading city crews shut down the Norrish system.

Norrish Creek is the main source of water to both Abbotsford and Mission. Residents did not see any impact to their water services as the supply from Cannell Lake and the well systems was able to address the demands.

All repairs to the pipeline and slope stabilization are complete. The service road to Norrish Creek has reopened and site cleanup will continue this week.

In late October, city staff said the pipe would be repaired by early December, but the work has since been completed ahead of schedule.

The work will cost about $450,000, with $150,000 being paid for by Emergency Management BC and the remaining $300,000 will be funded by city water reserves.

At council on Monday, Mayor Bruce Banman thanked city staff for their efforts in repairing the pipe as quickly as possible.

Coun. Patricia Ross also acknowledged the efforts of contractors that worked on the site, who worked long hours and double shifts to complete the project sooner.

The city stated that as water supply is switched from wells to Norrish Creek, residents may notice the water tastes different, but all water is safe to drink.