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KAMLOOPS, BC: POWER OUTAGE SHUTS DOWN KAMLOOPS WATER PLANT, BC
UPDATE 15:00 - City of Kamloops says Water Treatment Plant fully operational. Water usage can return to normal. Here's what happened.
A power outage lead to the shutdown of the Kamloops Centre for Water Quality at 4am PST this morning.
The programming that runs the treatment system was affected by the outage, rendering the treatment system inoperable.
Public Works and Utilities Director Jen Frentz said that there is still treated water in the reservoirs and the distribution system. That water is certainly usable and potable.
The shutdown will be affecting everyone within the city limits of Kamloops, which has around 92,000 residents.
According the Frentz, this is the first time this sort of accident has occurred.
As it turns out, the outage affected the worst possible system.
"There are normally fail safes. We have backups for everything in the plant but not programming," Frentz said," We knew it was one of the weak components." Having established it was weak, Frentz mentioned that prior to the outage, Kamloops' Public Works department had started working on a complete update for programming. The outage couldn't have come at a worse time.
It's unclear when the treatment system will be back up and running, so Frentz is asking residents of Kamloops to take a conservative approach to their water usage for the time being.
"We're asking people to reduce their non-essential water use if possible. The reason is that the less water people use, the longer the water in our system will last," Frentz said.
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