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UPDATE: Kamloops water treatment plant back in operation

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March 08, 2017 - 3:37 PM

KAMLOOPS - The city's water treatment plant is once again pumping water and all restrictions have been lifted after a blown transformer caused power issues at the water treatment plant this morning.

Operations started to return to normal around 12:30 p.m. today, March 8, as crews brought the first pumps back online. The process is gradual as to not overload the system. As of 3:30 p.m. operations have returned to normal and the city has lifted all restrictions for residents.

Earlier today, the city activated the Emergency Operations Centre in order to help respond to the water situation. The city is also working with the Interior Health Authority to determine new temporary water distribution methods in case they are needed.

The power issue means the city had diminished water resources until back in full operation, according to a City media release. 

The transformer blew around 4 a.m. this morning, March 8. Without power, the treatment process was inoperable.

Kamloops Fire Rescue adjusted its staff and resources to respond to fires during the water shortage.

— This story was updated at 11:20 a.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017 to add additional information from the city about the Emergency Operations Centre and collaboration with Interior Health authority.

— This story was updated at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017 to add additional information from the city about the water system returning.

— This story was updated at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017 to add additional information from the city about the water system returning to normal.


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