Kelowna city crews cleaning up sewage after pump failure at Water Street lift station

Clean up after pump failure

The City of Kelowna is asking residents to avoid Water Street and the Kelowna Wastewater Treatment Facility area while crews respond to a pump failure.

According to the city, the situation is under control, with overflow being contained and site cleanup underway at the lift station at 1831 Water Street. There has been no disruption to service for local residents and businesses.

“Seven vacuum trucks are moving effluent from the lift station to the Kelowna Wastewater Treatment Facility and effluent levels are lowering as a result,” Utility Services Manager Kevin Van Vliet said in a news release. “An alternative pump is being sourced and crews will work continuously to get it in place.”

Runoff into nearby Mill Creek has been stopped and water quality testing in the creek is underway.

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy has been alerted and the city said they will work with them to understand and address any impact on Mill Creek and the surrounding environment.

The cause of the pump failure and the quantity of effluent that ran into Mill Creek is currently unknown and will be investigated once water quality testing is done and the lift station can be drained and analyzed.

The disruption at the Water Street lift station will have no impact on service to Kelowna homes.

Water Street adjacent to the Kelowna Wastewater Treatment Facility is currently open to traffic, but traffic flow is being controlled.

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