Halifax Water completes pump repairs, harbour expected to return to ‘natural condition’ – Halifax

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Halifax Water says it has safely accomplished emergency repairs to its Duffus Road wastewater pump station after the pump was clogged by rags and wipes.

The clog prompted the water utility to challenge a reminder Wednesday that “so-called ‘flushable wipes’ should not flushable and belong in your rubbish.”

A photograph from the utility confirmed a mass of rags and wipes clogging the Duffus Road pump station, shortly after crews had tried to do emergency repairs by placing in a brand new pump.

This photo shows a Halifax wastewater pump station overwhelmed and clogged with rags and wipes.


This picture reveals a Halifax wastewater pump station overwhelmed and clogged with rags and wipes.


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In a launch late Thursday morning, Halifax Water stated the system has now returned to regular operations.

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“The pump went into operation Wednesday night and was monitored in a single day,” it stated. “Wastewater and stormwater are actually being pumped from this station to the Halifax Wastewater Remedy Facility on Higher Water Road.”

Halifax Water stated clients who’re serviced by the Duffus Road station can “now resume common discharges into their drains.” Beforehand, they had been requested to flush much less usually, and never pour as a lot water down their drain, till repairs had been full.

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Halifax Water warns about so-called flushable wipes after pump clogged

The issues started on July 19, when Halifax Water stated a pump failure had led to screened — however untreated — wastewater to be launched into Halifax harbour.

That prompted the utility to warn individuals to not swim within the harbour.

By July 23, Halifax Water stated the pump had been changed and issues had been again to regular, solely to re-issue the unscreened wastewater warning on Aug. 1.

After the emergency repairs had been accomplished, Halifax Water stated Thursday that it expects the harbour to “return to its pure situation over the following two days.”

“As this happens, we warning residents and guests about swimming or taking part in leisure actions that require water contact,” it stated.

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“We apologize for any inconvenience this emergency restore work might have triggered, and we need to thank our clients and residents for his or her endurance and cooperation.”

— with recordsdata from Rebecca Lau


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