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Temporary shutdown at Glen Robertson Water Treatment Plant

As of approximately 8 a.m. on June 19, the well to the Glen Robertson Water Treatment Plant was shut down for repairs.  During the repairs, water to Glen Robertson was 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, on the day of the project.

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 ealed. 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 temporary shutdown of the Glen Robertson Water Treatment Plant, 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 was installed, the system was chlorinated and flushed. It was then reconnected to the 52 residences that rely on this system.

This maintenance project was 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.

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