March 27, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Over 1,100 homes and businesses in Liverpool and Brooklyn were without running water on Monday, March 26, 2018, due to a mechanical issue at the Region of Queens Municipality’s water treatment facility in Liverpool. An unexpected break in a pipe at the water treatment facility flooded the pumps that convey the treated water to users. The mechanical issue caused a shutdown of the facility, turning off the water for all customers on the municipal water system.
“We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding while our staff worked diligently to make the required repairs as quickly as possible, ensuring that the provision of water was restored as soon as possible,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “While a breakage in a pipe and plant shutdown is not something we can predict, staff were prepared, and were able to restore water within 7 hours. We are grateful to have skilled staff who can manage urgent situations quickly and professionally.”
The pipe failure that occurred on site at the Municipal water treatment facility was in a location that was challenging to isolate. The break was repaired, pumps assessed from flooding damage, the plant brought back online pumps started, and water sent for treatment at approximately 3:30 p.m., with most users in Liverpool and Brooklyn having water in their taps within an hour of the system starting up.
As of the morning of March 27, water clarity had returned to most customers, following the Region of Queens flushing through the night to improve water clarity.