Saskatchewan

Storm knocks out Regina water plant

An overnight storm that downed power lines and trees in Regina also knocked out the area's water treatment plant, officials said Saturday.

An overnight storm that downed power lines and trees in Regina also knocked out the area's water treatment plant, officials said Saturday.

The Buffalo Pound plant, which supplies water to Regina and Moose Jaw as well as a number of surrounding communities, was shut down at 11:45 p.m. Friday night due to a power failure caused by the storm, which included hail and winds that reached 150 km/h, SaskPower said.

The cities of Regina and Moose Jaw activated reservoirs and a number of wells on Saturday while crews worked to fix the treatment plant.

However, residents have been asked to conserve water by avoiding discretionary usage such as watering lawns, washing clothes and using dishwashers, SaskPower said. 

Water safe to drink

While residents may notice a difference in water colour over the next two to three days as the well water works its way through the system, the cities said, it is safe to drink.

This is the third time a power outage has caused problems for the treatment plant this year

About 12,000 people lost power in the immediate aftermath of the storm, but that number had been cut to about 100 by mid-afternoon on Saturday.

Sarah Prosper said she was watching the storm with her family through a window when she heard a crash.   "We came downstairs and I looked outside and we'd seen this big tree just laying out," she told CBC News. "Our whole yard is just filled with it now."   Her daughter Leah, 5, watched as her parents ran outside to survey the damage.

"Well there was really lots of wind," she said, "and my mom was going to blow away and she just ran inside."

Pilot Butte, Indian Head, Fort Qu'Appelle and White City, as well as the Glen Cairn and University Park neighbourhoods were hardest hit.