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Thursday, September 29, 2016

BACK-UP WATER PLAN IN EFFECT FOR SATURDAY'S TEST GAME


REGINA (SK) – The City of Regina and Stadium Project partners have put a new game plan into effect after it was determined that water will not be suitable for drinking at Saturday’s test game.

The announcement follows water samples that were taken from the site this week as part of a variety of tests to building, mechanical and electrical systems.

“The purpose of testing is to catch potential problems and we did – that’s good,” said Regina Mayor Michael Fougere. “This is isolated to the stadium and we have a back-up plan to deal with this.”

Mayor Fougere said that further water samples have been sent to a provincial lab for testing. Results will be known Friday.

“As always, we have taken this step today to ensure public safety – our top priority. It should not discourage fans from coming to new Mosaic and putting this iconic stadium to the test.”

Kim Onrait, Executive Director of City Services and Major Projects with the City, said when water lines were flushed debris like gravel and stones was found in the pipes, which affected the pressure. This is a normal occurrence during the start-up of a new facility.

“It is not clear at this time how the debris got into the pipes but until further notice, we are restricting the water for public consumption,” said Mr. Onrait.

The water situation also tests the City’s emergency preparedness around solutions that work for public safety, patrons and vendors, said Mr. Onrait.

“Every team has a playbook they can go to and make adjustments.”

Signs will be posted at the entrance to all 23 washrooms on the main concourse and over sinks as a caution to fans not to drink the water. There will also be washroom attendants on site to remind fans of the water advisory.

The City will have water tankers on location and patrons are encouraged to bring drinking bottles that could be filled up on site. Bottled water will be available for sale at new Mosaic Stadium on Saturday as well. Non-alcoholic sealed drinks under 591 ml can also be brought to the game.

Fire-suppression activities are not affected as the water used in fire lines is separate.

(City of Regina)

5 comments:

3RD and 1 said...

I really like this dry run idea. No matter what the first TD, field goal or single point will be scored by a team from SK. Be it Regina or Saskatoon. If we all remove the Provincial rivalry for a moment and look 👀 at the big picture. The karma this creates for this beautiful facility is nothing but win win. Both teams are excellent and it's a battle for first place in West Canada 🇨🇦

Anonymous said...

So if the water is not suitable for drinking, how is food service not affected?

Anonymous said...

as far as i know the concessions aren't fully fitted with everything to cook anyway, so restaurants are most likely doing their prep work off-site and carting it in to plate up and serve from the booths like they would at say a 'taste of saskatchewan' type event. then again, i could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

Well this is just the first kink of many that will be found, a build of this magnitude is going to have a few things come up.

It is just amazing that this is on schedule! Remember the last two stadiums that went up in the East, lots of delays and issue's. We can be thankful for the past winter we had being so nice so weather delays were minimal. And we can get nasty winter!!!

Evan Wiome said...

No jokes about drinking a lot of beer instead of water? Really?