Wednesday , June 29 2022

105,000 Nanaimo residents, B.C. He said they did not use water after the storm went out to treatment


Residents in Nanaimo, B.C., say not to use water after a powerful storm causes the widespread damage to Juvenile.

Nanaimo City says that the wind and power cut off its water treatment works so that it could not produce water. Staff said on Friday afternoon, the facility has started to produce some water but not enough to meet the usual demand.

Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog said the generator failed in the plant. Crews were able to restore partial power, but they still deal with mechanical issues – first cut-off belts, and then defects with the generator's electrical circuits.

"This is an important issue for the city and its citizens," said Krog. "We know that a lot of suburban communities across this country are constantly facing that and I would not want it to anyone."

Nanaimo City says its water is safe to drink, but it has to be kept for life safety measures such as fire fighting. (CBC)

Nanaimo has a population of 105,000.

The city requires residents to break all the use of water, including washing clothes, showers, washing, car washing, running dishwashers and other non-essential uses.

"We're asking people not to use water for further attention," said Krog. "No flush or anything."

The city says that the water is safe to drink, but it has to be kept for fire fighting. It is not yet known when the generator is restored.

Ponds and city pools are closed until further notice. The city says that pool showers and bathrooms are not being used and the sand staff can not clean up the ice.

"Businesses for families, for care facilities, will be very difficult for all people who rely on clean clean water," said Krog.

"It's pretty hard to tell people to close their businesses when it's the most useful time to be in business often."

A tree breaks a home in Nanaimo, B.C. after hitting a wind wind in Vancouver Island on Thursday. The city was asked to keep water because the power was damaged by the local supply plant. (Twitter / NickBoykiw)

"Crews are working hard to resolve this issue and we will provide updates as information becomes available," said Bill Sims, engineering director and public work with the city.

"People deny [the restrictions]. We notice that the usage is falling. So that's great, very good news. "

Business affected

At Koma Food in Nanaimo Downtown, the worker Ibrahim Herwi is hopeful that the situation will soon improve.

Some restaurants have changed their menus and their service due to the restrictions.

Koma Food staff say they have had to make changes because of the restrictions. (CBC)

"We're just careful about how we want to use it. We will not let the taps run or anything," said Hello.

"If we have to wash, we will do it quickly and we will fill a bucket of soaped water so we can use soap water."

Joanne Hogan, a 21-year-old resident in the city, said the situation had got worse because nobody had time to prepare.

"Many people did not get essential things yesterday because the shops were closed," said Hogan. "There were already lines for fuel last night. Everywhere I'm trying to go, the lines were huge."

Sign to post outside restaurant as Nanaimo grapples with water restrictions. (CBC)

Salt Island Spring Supply Damaged

In the meantime, on Salt Spring Island, excavated trees that have damaged the community's water infrastructure have affected some parts of the island's water supply.

"Two councils boil on two small systems on Salt Spring Island, but not all of it, although we're asking all residents to keep water on the whole island," said a statement by Andy Orr with Capital Area Area.

Until the water service is restored, officials have published boiling water tips for the Fernwood part of the Highland-Fernwood water system.

Residents in the area should boil their drinking water until further notice, officials said.

The community has a population of 10,700.

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