The water won’t be drinkable for the upcoming test game at the new Mosaic Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The announcement follows water samples that were taken from the site this week as part of a variety of tests to the building, mechanical and electrical systems.
Kim Onrait, Executive Director of City Services and Major Projects with the city, said when water lines were flushed debris like gravel and stones were found in the pipes, which affected the pressure. This is a normal occurence during the start-up of a new facility.
“It is not clear at this time how the debris got into the pipes but until further notice, we are restricting the water for public consumption,” said Onrait in a news release.
Mayor Michael Fougere confirms further water samples have been sent to a provincial lab for testing. Results will be known Friday.
Signs will be posted at the entrance to all 23 washrooms on the main concourse and over sinks at the new stadium. There will also be washroom attendants on site to remind fans of the water advisory.
The city will have water tankers on location and people are encouraged to bring drinking bottles that could be filled up on site. Bottled water will be available for sale at the stadium. Non-alcoholic sealed drinks under 591 ml can also be brought to the game.