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Watermain break closes road in Rockwood

The township advises residents to use water for non-potable uses until assessed by the health unit
A section of Main Street South in Rockwood remains closed due to repairs to a watermain break.

ROCKWOOD – A section of Main Street South in Rockwood remains closed as workers complete repairs after a watermain break last night.

The Township of Guelph/Eramosa advised that there was a watermain break in the vicinity of Carroll Street and Main Street South in Rockwood. 

Main Street South was originally closed from Ridge Road to Guelph Street but this has been reduced to between Carroll and Frederick Street as of this morning. 

Mayor Chris White said that the road should reopen later today but to local traffic only for the next week. He explained that an asphalt plant in Toronto, which is the only one open during the winter, is closed for Christmas. 

"It's going to be a detour for large transport trucks, we don't want them on that stretch of road," White said. 

Residents in the area reported having no water last night on Facebook group Rockwood Community Alliance. 

A press release from the township says that most water has been restored in town but advises that water should be used for non-potable purposes until it has been assessed by the health unit. 

White said this was done out of an abundance of caution as water rushed out of the system and not in, which is when problems would occur. 

"We just want to make absolutely sure that we've got no concerns with the water," White said. 

He said the township has rushed samples to public health and is hoping for a response about the status of the water as soon as possible.