City workers on site where the newly replaced process line for water coming from Atlantic Power has been installed. The original line was wiped out in April 2012 during a small slide above the River valley.

City workers on site where the newly replaced process line for water coming from Atlantic Power has been installed. The original line was wiped out in April 2012 during a small slide above the River valley.

River valley water line replaced

A dedicated process line for water from the Atlantic Power Plant in Williams Lake is back in operation.

Almost a year after it was wiped out by a small slide, a dedicated process line for water from the Atlantic Power Plant in Williams Lake has been replaced and is back in action. Located on the escarpment below the transfer station, the pipe is one of two used to move storm water, water from the energy plant, and sewage to the treatment plant in the River Valley below.

“There was never any interruption in service because the water was funnelled through the storm water line,” manager of water and waste Joe Engleberts said Friday. “We built in a redundancy.”

Before going in to replace the line, the city determined to install the new line deeper so if there was land movement in the future, the pipe would not be disturbed.

Routinely the pipe handles 200 gallons of water per minute en route to the sewage treatment plant.

“Warm water arrives from the power plan and is cooled with the rest of the effluent that arrives there,” Engleberts said.