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GATINEAU, QC: GATINEAU BRINGING WATER TREATMENT PLANT UP TO GOVERNMENT STANDARDS WITHOUT SHUTTING DOWN WATER, QC
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Ville de Gatineau announced yesterday that it will modernize the water treatment plant in the Hull Sector. In a news release, the city said while the work is ongoing the system will not be shut down which was described as "a sizeable logistical challenge, requiring every step be perfectly coordinated."
To facilitate the effort Gatineau has issued a mechanical water ban in the Sectors of Hull and Aylmer to "maintain a steady and constant supply of water." Mechanical watering is described by the city as "any form of watering other than manual that involves a hose." This ban is in effect as of this morning through December 1.
The city is also asking residents in the affected sectors to reduce their water consumption. We spoke with Yves Melanson, Gatineau Media Relations, who said the city will be encouraging actions like "not running the dishwasher or washing machine during peak hours" of consumption.
Melanson explained that the work is necessary because "the treatment plant and parts that are being replaced dates back to 1971, [and] the system needs to be brought up to standards set out by the Québec government."
Maintaining the operations of the system while undergoing upgrades is a regular practice, though it doesn't make it any easier. Melanson described as "like flying an aeroplane while having work done on the engines." The same approach was used when the Gatineau Sector had its water treatment plant upgrades done.
If any major problems arise during the work Melanson said that the city "has a backup system." To ensure that residents comply with the ban inspectors will begin patrols of these areas this fall.
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