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North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC) plant shutdown

September 18, 2002 press release

Repairs ahead of schedule at North End Water Pollution Control Centre

Repairs are ahead of schedule at the North End Water Pollution Control Centre. Three motors were removed late in the day yesterday and sent to be cleaned and dried. Two of the motors are expected back late this afternoon and crews will be working late into the evening to install them. Barry MacBride, Director of the City's Water and Waste Department says, "We are optimistic that we will be able to get part of the facility operating by late Friday so that we can stop discharging sewage directly to the river."

Approximately 230,000 cubic metres of raw (untreated) sewage is draining into the river each day. This is about 1.5% of the river's flow. MacBride says, "Our staff were out on the Red River again early this morning taking water samples, and test results continue to show that the oxygen levels in the river water remain adequate to support healthy aquatic life. River flows remain above average, and together with cooler river water temperatures, helps to reduce the impact on water quality. We will continue to test and monitor river water quality on a daily basis."

Winnipeg residents can continue to use their water and sewer services as usual. Residents can help reduce the amount of debris going into the river by not using plumbing systems as a litter basket. MacBride says, "This is a message we promote all the time, but it is particularly important right now." The most common litter is cigarette butts, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, disposable diapers, rags, and household hazardous waste products. Many of the household hazardous waste products can't be removed in our wastewater treatment processes. They can be harmful to fish and other aquatic life, and can also damage your household sewer system and the city's sewer system.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Kathy Taylor
Public Information Officer
Water and Waste Department

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