The town of Virden has issued a boil-water advisory and has shuttered its schools for the day after a major water main break.
The break was noticed late last night, but couldn't immediately be tracked down, and the town suffered a dramatic drop in water reserves and pressure, Virden mayor Jeff McConnell said on Facebook.
"It will take time to have the reservoir and pressure build back up," he said. "It will also take time before the boil water notice will be removed."
To assure as much water supply in the meantime, the town will be adding chlorine to its water, bypassing its normal reverse osmosis system. This was done after discussion and consultation with the province's Office of Drinking Water.
Although the four Virden schools are closed today, the rest of the schools in the Fort La Bosse School Division remain open.