July 3, 2014 8:16 pm

Untreated wastewater being released into Wascana Creek

REGINA – After a hectic few days for Regina city crews, flood-related efforts are beginning to dwindle down however there are still a few areas recuperating.

“Both the sewer system as well as the storm systems are kind of catching up now, which is good,” said Jay O’Connor, manager of emergency management.

Wascana Creek continues to flow quickly and some city areas, including the sewage treatment plant, remain in recovery mode.

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Rainfall has filled the lagoons to capacity forcing the city to release some partially-treated waste water into Wascana Creek.

“Most of it is fully treated but the part that’s not treated, we’re not removing the phosphorus. It’ll be higher levels of bacteria,” said Brent Rostad, acting director of water works.

Rostad said about 25-40 per cent of the total amount of water released is untreated. The bypass is expected to continue for another week.

Meantime, a portion of Pinkie Road is closed. The bridge is often impacted when the creek rises.

“It’s been standard practise for the last few years, anytime the water level gets up really close to the base of the bridge we close it down until the water goes down and we can do a structural assessment on the bridge,” said O’Connor.

Elsewhere, some Regina golf courses remain flooded.

The front-nine holes at the Joanne Goulet Golf Club are expected to open Saturday and the back-nine sometime next week.

On Thursday, the Royal Regina had 13 holes open so far.

As the city continues to work through these lingering issues, it’s still asking residents to limit water consumption until the weekend.

When the call went out on Sunday, residents dropped water use by 20 per cent.

 

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