Leak Leads to Spill into Nechako
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.