Residents in Nanaimo, BC, were said not to use water after a powerful storm caused extensive damage Thursday.
The city of Nanaimo says that the storm and the disappearance of the power have expelled a water treatment plant so that it could not produce water. Employees said on Friday afternoon that the facility began to produce water, but not enough to satisfy normal demand.
Mayor Nanai Leonard Krog said the generator at the plant failed. The crew was able to regain partial power, but still deals with mechanical problems – the first broken fan belt, and then the faults with the electric car generators.
"This is the main issue for the city and its citizens," said Krog. "We know that many Aboriginal communities in this country are constantly faced with it and I would not want anyone to do it."
We have 105,000 inhabitants.
The city asks the inhabitants to reduce the use of water, including washing, showering, bathing, washing the car, washing dishwashers and other irrelevant uses.
"We are asking people not to use water until further notice," Krog said. "There is no rinsing or anything."
The city says water is safe for drinking, but it must be preserved for fire fighting. It is not yet known when the generator will return.
City pools and arenas are closed until further notice. The city says that the showers and bathrooms in the pool are not usable and that the arenas can not clean the ice.
"It will be very difficult for family businesses, for care facilities, for all people who rely on safe clean water," Krog said.
"It's pretty hard to tell people to shut down your business when it's often the most useful time to work."
"The team is working hard to solve this problem and we will provide updates when information becomes available," said Bill Sims, director of engineering and public works with the city.
People are eyeing [the restrictions]. We note that consumption is reduced. It's a great, really good news.
Business had an impact
In the Reds bakery in downtown Nanaima, employee Ibrahim Hervi hopes that the situation will soon improve.
Some restaurants have changed their menus and services due to restrictions.
"We are just wary of using it. We will not let the tapes move or something like that," Hervi said.
"If we have to wash, we will do it quickly and we will fill a bucket of water with soap so that we can use soap water."
Joanne Hogan, a 21-year-old citizen of the city, said the situation was worsened because no one had the time to prepare.
"Many people did not get important things yesterday because the stores were closed," Hogan said. "There were already lines for fuel last night. Wherever I tried to go, the settings were massive."
Supplying salts with salt has been damaged
In the meantime, on Salt Spring Island, felled trees that damaged water utility infrastructure in the community have affected some parts of the water supply on the island.
"There are two warnings on two small systems on the island of Salt Spring, but not all, although we are asking all residents to preserve water at this time on the entire island," said Andy Orr of the Regional Capital District. .
Until the water service is restored, officials have issued a watering advice plan for the Fernvood part of the Highland-Fernwood water system.
Residents in that area should cook their drinking water until further notice, officials say.
The community has 10,700 inhabitants.