UPDATE #2 - Port Hope Declares Emergency in Urban Area (Ward 1) Due to Frozen Water Plant Intake Pipe

print-logo February 16, 2015

PORT HOPE, ON – Port Hope has declared an Emergency in the urban area (Ward 1) due to a frozen water intake pipe at the Municipality’s Water Treatment Plant.

At 10:10am this morning, Mayor Sanderson officially declared an emergency on behalf of the Municipality. While there is no issue with the quality of the water, the declaration allows Municipal Staff to access Mutual Aid and Provincial support if required and stress the importance of conservation by all residents and businesses.

Fire suppression services are not compromised and the Municipality has had dialogue with Cobourg and the County to access Mutual Aid if required.

As of 7:00am this morning, the reserve tank was holding enough water for approximately 10 hours of typical usage. Residents and business owners are being asked to reduce water consumption to an absolute minimum as Municipal staff works to resolve the issue.

The Municipality Emergency Management Control Group has been assembled. With temperatures expected to remain near -20 degrees all week, Municipal crews are currently sourcing temporary approaches to supplement the conservation approach while we work on a longer term resolution.

It is important to note that there is no risk to the public at this time.

The situation is being closely monitored and regular updates are posted on the Municipal website at www.porthope.ca under Media Releases.  

Water Conservation Strategies

Residents and businesses can assist by limiting water consumption to what is required for drinking, and minimum sanitation and food preparation purposes and make every effort to conserve water.

  • Use water only when absolutely necessary.
  • Toilets, clothes washers, dishwashers, and showers use the most water on average in households.
  • Minimize toilet flushing – place a filled milk jug or soda bottle in the toilet tank to reduce the water used when you do flush.  
  • Do not do laundry until after the water emergency is resolved.
  • Take only very short showers. Turn off the water while soaping or shampooing.
  • Reuse water as much as possible.  
  • If you must wash dishes, fill a small tub with water.