Kamloops water treatment plant fixed following blown transformer

Caused the plant to shut down, residents asked to limit their water usage to essential needs only.

KAMLOOPS, BC — A water treatment plant in Kamloops, BC, is back in operation, but residents were still being asked to watch their water usage.

A blown transformer caused the plant to shut down early in the morning on March 8 and people were asked to limit their water usage to essential needs only because there was a limited supply.

Greg Wightman, chief of the city’s emergency operations centre, says the issue was fixed around 12:30 p.m. and the plant was slowly being brought back online to make sure the system wasn’t overloaded.

The plant was pumping out drinkable water, but residents were asked to conserve water until the site gets back to operating at its normal capacity.

He says the city will spend the next few days trying to find out what happened to prevent it from happening again.

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