Ontario Water Agency will Shut Down Automated Systems 10:00am Dec 31

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Testimony By George Terry: Ontario Clean Water Agency

Now, our plants will go off the grid at 10 a.m. on December 31. They will be slowly phased out. We will go to manual operations on full generator backup. I really believe that Ontario Hydro is going to be in a place to actually provide power to all of our municipalities. We're just safeguarding our instrumentation in this regard.

As we come to January 1, we're going to start to phase back our instrumentation in steps. That's all part of our contingency plan. Then we'll bring our plants back on into service.

Where we find holes in the systemssay we require additional generation or additional computers to be available to uswe will make sure that we have that on site. Our staff will be on site with fully manual operations for December. For those of you who don't know, December 31 is a Friday. As such, our holidays are going to be on the Monday. The guys are going to appreciate that a lot, I'm sure. But by the same token, all of our staff will be there and will be ready. They will be fully trained again in manual operations. So those people who grew up with the automated systems will be back to understanding their basic operations.

That's our plan to date.


-- Jim P.E. (outstrip@hotmail.com), March 06, 1999

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