Heavy Rains Cause Temporary Bypass at Peterborough – Peterborough Wastewater Treatment Plant | The Canadian News

Heavy and persistent rains have caused a temporary partial bypass at the City of Peterborough wastewater treatment plant.

The city says the ongoing rains this week are causing a “significantly greater volume” of water entering the treatment plant. The entire region has been under a rain warning and a flood watch was in effect as well.

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As a result of the diversion, some partially treated wastewater is being discharged into the Otonabee River.

Environment Canada reports 53.4 millimeters of rain fell on Wednesday, according to monitoring at Peterborough Airport.

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“Residents downstream of the city of Peterborough who draw water from the river are advised to take the necessary precautions and boil the water,” the city stated.

“The boil water advisory does not affect the City of Peterborough.”

The city is asking residents to reduce their water consumption to alleviate the volume of water that flows through the plant.
“Residents can reduce their water use by taking short showers instead of baths, limiting or delaying loads of laundry, and turning off taps while brushing teeth and washing dishes,” the city stated.

Click to play video: 'Peterborough Regional Weather Forecast, September 23, 2021'

Peterborough Regional Weather Forecast, September 23, 2021

Peterborough Regional Weather Forecast, September 23, 2021

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