Extreme cold affecting Town of Rocky Mountain House water treatment plant

By rdnewsNOW staff
February 4, 2019 - 11:24am

Due to extreme cold, officials with the Town of Rocky Mountain House say the Water Treatment Plant is seeing extensive frazil ice build-up in its lower lift pump house.

Officials say the ice is blocking intake lines from the river, reducing the plant’s overall capacity.

The Town of Rocky Mountain House is said to keep about 4,000 cubic metres of treated water in storage.

However, due to the ice blockages, the treatment plant is not able to replenish the stores as quickly as normal, causing water storages to gradually decrease.

“We’re asking for the public’s support in reducing water use until we get through this deep freeze,” says Marco Schoeninger, Director of Engineering and Operations, in a press release.

Residents and businesses are asked to conserve water for the next two to three days until milder temperatures return. 

Officials say the bulk water filling station is also closed until further notice.

Water treatment plant operators, with support from the department of Engineering and Operations, are also working diligently to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, The Town’s portable steamer is in use to try to thaw the frazil ice accumulations, with an additional steam unit ordered as well.

The Town of Rocky Mountain House will advise residents once normal operations resume.

(With files from the Town of Rocky Mountain House)

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