Contingency plans in place on both sides of river to protect drinking water

By Andrew Duffy, Ottawa Citizen, April 29, 2019

City officials on both sides of the river say they have contingency plans in place to meet the need for drinking water if a treatment plant is forced to shut down during the flood.

Water treatment plants in both Ottawa and Gatineau are behind sandbags in order to protect them from the Ottawa River, now nearing its initial peak. Officials said Monday that all of the facilities are operating normally.

“We need to make it clear that the city’s drinking water is absolutely safe,” the city’s head of emergency management, Pierre Poirier, told reporters Monday. “There is currently no operational threat to any of the city’s water facilities.”

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