Winnipeg hopes new water-treatment chemical will reduce brown water

Winnipeg is testing out a new coagulant at its water-treatment plant in the hopes of reducing complaints about discoloured drinking water next year.

The city receives as many as several hundred complaints each month about brown water and no fewer than 1,200 calls for service a year related to the discoloration, water services manager Tim Shanks told city council’s water and waste committee on Monday.

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