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Water pressure spike sets off a number of fire alarms in Red Deer

January 6, 2016 11:51 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

A tripped breaker during upgrades at the Water Treatment Plant set off a small number of fire suppression alarms due to high water pressure throughout north and downtown Red Deer this morning including Red Deer College. Red Deer Emergency Services is busy attending to each site where alarms were activated to ensure safety.

The tripped circuit that caused the issue included the pressure transmitter that controls the high lift pumps at the plant. The pumps did not detect pressure which caused them to ramp up to 100 per cent and a pressure increase of approximately 130 kpa. In the event of high water pressure, fire suppression alarms in some buildings will activate as a security precaution.

The operations staff at the Water Treatment Plant was able to resolve the issue in approximately 10 minutes and the plant is back to normal operation. However, the increased pressure spike may result in water leaks in the downtown and north Red Deer area. At this time, water quality remains unaffected.

Please be aware Red Deer Emergency Services is experiencing an increase in call volume but will continue to prioritize all emergency calls.

For more information, please contact:

Alex Monkman
Water Superintendent
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer


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