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2018/7/3

SASKATOON, SK: HYDROCARBONS IN FIRE HYDRANTS EXPENSIVE TO REPAIR



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The Saskatchewan city of Saskatoon took a $1.75 million hit to its budget in January and May due to hydrocarbon pollution found in some fire hydrants. That amount doesn't include repairs and replacement costs.

On Jan. 10 localized potential contamination was discovered in seven fire hydrants located in the Aspen Ridge neighbourhood affecting approximately one dozen homes.

A Do Not Use notice was issued by the city's Water Security Agency. A city investigation didn't reveal contamination elsewhere. The water supply tested negative for bacteria and contamination in other hydrants. Meters and the water supply were tested and both were clear and clean, the city said in a press release. Residents in approximately 10 homes received bottle water. All water meters were replaced, and a temporary water line installed that was replaced two weeks later.

Five months later contractors, city staff, and Costco management worked throughout the weekend to establish a temporary water supply for the store. The Water Security Agency on May 10 issued a Do Not Use notice after staff employees noticed hydrocarbons in some hydrants within one section of the Rosewood neighbourhood. As with the Aspen neighbourhood about 10 homes were on temporary water lines since late winter.

Angela Gardiner, at the time acting general manager of Transportation & Utilities, said the current focus was to identify the exact type of hydrocarbon.

No contaminated water made its way into the environment.

jan.r@watertoday.ca









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