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April 2, 2000
Power Disruption Affects City Sewage Treatment Plant City to hold Briefing at 1:00 p.m.
A power outage in the city's west end caused a service disruption this morning
at the Humber Sewage Treatment Plant.

At approximately 5:00 a.m. this morning, a vehicle hit a hydro pole which
knocked out power to the plant and the surrounding area.

During the three-and-one-half-hour outage, all plant flows received primary
treatment only. No secondary treatment or clorination treatment took place.
All solids were removed from the sewage, but liquid effluent was discharged
into the lake.

At the time of the power outage, the plant flows were at a low volume.

The Ministry of the Environment and the city's Public Health office were
notified immediately. In addition, the R. L. Clark Treatment plant, which is
responsible for the city's drinking water was notified. The Clark plant
reports no change in the plant intake water quality. Additional water samples
have been taken as a further precaution.

This incident is not connected to the City's current labour disruption.

The briefing will take place at 1:00 p.m. at Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 1st
Floor, City Room.

Media Contact
Steve Johnston
Works and Emergency Services
(416) 392-4391

Nicole Dufort
Works and Emergency Services
(after 4:00 p.m. April 2, 2000)
(416) 392-2963



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