A temporary shutdown of the Glen Robertson water treatment plant for repairs is not expected to impact residents, says North Glengarry Township.
Water to Glen Robertson is currently being supplied by a water tanker truck that was brought in to supply the system with fresh, potable water.
"We are using the flushing port in Glen Robertson to connect to the water tanker truck supplied by Keenan Enterprises. The flushing port is usually used to flush the system in Glen Robertson. In this case, we've reversed that. Instead of using the port to flush water out of the system, we're using it to flow water in," said Dean McDonald, North Glengarry's Environmental Services Manager.
The tanker used to deliver the water specializes in the delivery of drinking water. Prior to each delivery, the water tanker is sanitized at a food-grade washing facility and then the tanker filled with water and sealed. The water pipes and equipment are similarly sanitized and capped for delivery. The process is very similar to that which is required of dairy trucks.
During the shutdown, crews worked to remove a temporary pump which was installed in the well on New Year's Eve, when the main pump malfunctioned. The municipality's boom truck was used to lift the pump, which is located more than 45-feet below ground, out of the well. Four small cartridge filters and a water tank were also replaced. As part of this process, a company was brought in to inspect the facility and a camera was inserted into the well to provide a visual inspection.
After the new pump is installed, the system will be chlorinated and flushed. It will then be reconnected to the 52 residences that rely on this system.
"We are working hard to ensure that residents are not disrupted by this maintenance upgrade. We have taken all of the necessary steps to ensure residents have access to clean, safe drinking water. We were fortunate in this instance to come up with a plan that did not necessitate a boil water advisory," said Mr. McDonald.
This maintenance project is being done in compliance with safety norms set by the Ministry of the Environment and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. Inspectors from both provincial agencies were on site Tuesday to monitor the project.
Work at the Glen Robertson Water Treatment Plant is expected to be completed later today.