The ongoing rainfall and snowmelt is causing a significantly increased volume of water entering the Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to a City of Peterborough media release.
As a result of the current conditions, the Wastewater Treatment Plant is now in secondary by-pass mode. This means that while all of the sewage will be screened and will receive primary treatment and UV disinfection, it will not receive the secondary polishing treatment. Residents downstream of Peterborough who draw water from the river are advised to take necessary precautions and boil water.
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The City of Peterborough is asking residents to reduce water consumption to help alleviate the volume of water flowing through the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. Residents can reduce their water consumption by taking short showers instead of baths, limiting or delaying loads of laundry, and turning off taps while brushing teeth and doing dishes.
In addition, area residents are reminded of the dangerous conditions posed by the wet ground and fast flowing water, and are advised to stay well back of the shorelines of area lakes, rivers and streams. Similarly, residents are asked to remain away from dam structures and piers.
To help prevent basement flooding, people are encouraged to check that ice and snow is cleared from eavestroughs and downspouts, and ensure that groundwater is diverted away from building foundations.
More rain is forecast to fall Tuesday night (about 10 to 15 mm), before tapering off Wednesday morning.
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