Council's disaster tourism

Mayor Peter Kelly, Carl Yates of the Water Commission and plant manager Rory MacNeil tour the wastewater plant

Last Friday, city officials gave reporters a tour of the Halifax Wastewater Treatment Plant. It was the first public look at the plant since if failed the morning of January 14. The tour was led by mayor Peter Kelly, Carl Yates of the Water Commission and plant manager Rory MacNeil (pictured above). Councillor Jerry Blumenthal was also present.

In this photo, MacNeil stands before one of the plant boilers, which along with the electrical control room were submerged completely in sewage in January. The most expensive equipment lost in the plant failure, however, were five submersible pumps 85 feet down a wet well; the pumps are designed to be under water, and yet for some as-yet inexplicable reason, no longer operate.

A video of the tour, and more explanation will be posted later today.

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