Part Two In Flood Efforts: The Warm Water System
City officials, Canfor reps, and the media gather for the WWS unveiling
Prince George, B.C. - Members of the City’s Emergency Operations Centre, Mayor Colin Kinsley and reps from Canfor’s Intercon Pulpmill were on hand to officially unveil the $400-thousand dollar pipeline that has been pumping warm water into the Nechako River since yesterday.
EOC member, Bob Radloff, says the daily cost of operating the warm water system (WWS) is approximately three-thousand dollars. "The daily cost of the heat, for instance, is about $24-hundred a day."
Radloff says the City will be submitting the bill, through PEP, to the provincial government. He says no upper ceiling has yet been set. "I think they’re (the provincial government) is being flexible, as we are and we’re committed to at least doing it for a month and monitoring how it performs."
Hot water from Canfor’s Intercon mill is being piped to its pumpstation on the bank of the Nechako River, about two-kilometres upstream from its confluence with the Fraser.
The 40-degree Celsius water is being cooled with well water before it enters the Nechako.
"We’ve got about 300-litres per second coming from our well and then about 70-litres per second of hot water coming from our mill, " says Intercon General Manager Brett Robinson.
"We blend it and control the temperature and we’re keeping it below 15-degrees.
Robinson says Canfor is taking responsibility for operating the pipeline, "We control the site here, so we control the water going in and the temperature on this site."
He says the cold air temperatures have not caused any problems since testing began on Monday. "It’s worked seamlessly."
Prince George Mayor Colin Kinsley says, this is the second of some very unique solutions being employed to mitigate the flood risks posed by the icejam in the Nechako.
He says the Amphibex created the open channel in the river that the WWS is now trying to maintain.
Kinsley says early testing of tepid water from city wells opened leads in the ice, creating confidence, "It should make a major impact on keeping the channel opening and eroding the ice that is existing there. So we’re hoping the channel that you see behind us will actually get much wider and flow much more freely with the addition of this warm water."
Click on video icon at right for video coverage of today’s unveiling...
Photo below shows the channel opened up by the Amphibex, with help from Mother Nature, to the west of the Intercon pumpstation.
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Can't sell wood - sell warm water...
Quantify, diversify and rectify..... HAH !!
I know there is a lot of water on this earth but only a very small percentage of it is drinkable, and we are using to cool off water that is going into the river, instead of using river water!!
When they use this well they pump approx 10 million gallons per day.
Once again we are calling this project
a success before it has been evaluated. You would think that they would wait awhile until they get some actual results.
On the subject of Stanley Park, It was made out to be a major disaster but in reality only a small percentage of the park was affected. A bit of a scam going on there.
?? Sorry- I don't get it?
a success before it has been evaluated. You would think that they would wait awhile until they get some actual results."
Heaven forbid we have any optimism. We all should be just waiting for the spring thaw like palapoo. When it works it will be "the river would have stayed open no matter what" and that "there is no proof this helped"
The water is already running from both the Fraser and Nechako under the ice. It has been doing so since the last jam. It will continue to run under the ice until spring,this is normal for a frozen river. If it wasnt so we would be flooded out by now, and we still might be if we get another serious jam, which could be at the confluence.
My point is, is that the Mayor is referring to the warm water release as a solution to the problem, rather than waiting to see if it actually works. The Amphy was also a solution which was stopped from working one day early, never worked a 24 hour shift, cost us approx $3500.00 per hour. If this machine was a solution then it should be working to clear a channel from the Simon Fraser Bridge to the CN Rail bridge, and it should be used to clear the Jam at the CN Bridge. Instead it is being loaded on a truck and sent back to Montreal or NB.
Why would you get rid of a machine that could clear the Jam at the CN Rail bridge?
Why would you release him one day early at a cost of $42,000.00. Could it be because they came to the conclusion that there was little or no net benefit in keeping him here???
The amphidex did it's job (opening a channel).
Kinsley actually said he is confident it (warm water) will work and will help to mitigate the flood risks.
With about 22 kilometers of ice frazzle sitting on the Nechako, and the Fraser frozen over I don't think it would have been much use keeping the Amphidex around any longer- it did it's job.