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September 24, 2017 12:35 pm

Leak Leads to Spill into Nechako

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 12:42 PM

Prince George, B.C.  – The  leak of water  in the vicinity of Wilson Park  on Monday  evening ( see previous story)   not only  caused  some  flooding in the park, it  released chlorinated drinking water that made its way into the Nechako River.

The leak  occurred  in a section of the newly completed redundancy line  that was installed this year, at a cost of $2.9 million dollars.

“There was some chlorinated drinking water that  overflowed towards the  river” says project manager Haley Sedola.  She says a professional biologist was  ” on site  and all of the appropriate environmental  reporting was done.”  According to  Sedola, the biologist did not think the  chlorinated water spill into the Nechako would  cause any harm to fish  habitat  “The water flowed over land, over some gravel.  Chlorine dissipates as it  is exposed to the ground and to the  air. So by the time it actually reached the river  it had passed over gravel, and rock so it wasn’t directly entering the river before it had time to dissipate.”

Sedola  says  the amount of chlorinated drinking water  that  made its way into the river was “a couple of hundred cubic meters.”.    The incident was reported to Emergency Management B.C.  says Sedola “If they want to take any further action they would be contacting us.”

Sedola says  crews are  on site  working on  repairing the damage “We are just  taking out the parts now to see what actually, specifically was  wrong with them.  We won’t know  until we actually  can inspect those closely, on what precisely happened.”

The  replacement  parts arrived in Prince George early this morning.  It is expected  the work will  be completed by the end  of today.

Residents in the bowl area of the City may  be experiencing cloudy  or low  water pressure until the work is completed.

Comments

It’ll be interesting to read what was the cause of this problem. And what this will now cost the taxpayer for the fix.
What do you meant that we’ll never know ;((

200,000 litres of drinking water is probably better than that black stuff, I’ve seen upstream of the railway bridge, heading for the Pacific

    Black liquor from the pulp mill? Don’t worry about that you’ll be fine, it won’t harm anyone….

Interesting article considering all the city water that eventually makes it into the river from lawn sprinkling, car washing etc…

Pulp Mills have treatment ponds.

    go down to the river about 2 or 3 in the morning, on a weekend, and I think you will change your mind about the safeness of what the mills release into the river.

      I’m calling bullshit on this – you are making up stories to scare people.

if it is not safe for the river,
WHY IS IT IN OUR DRINKING WATER?

    Chlorine is bad for you, ever come out of the pool with sparkling white eyes?

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