Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Today's Waterloo Region Record carries the following story titled "$600,000 insurance settlement for Greenbrook blast". In 2014 a truck delivery driver mistakenly offloaded chemicals into the wrong pipe at the Greenbrook water treatment plant in Kitchener. As mnay people know mixing ammonia with chlorine, even in a small quantity in your home, is a very bad idea. In this case it wasn't a small quantity and the resulting explosion literally raised the roof and more.

Steps have been taken to reduce the chances of this happening again. Of course they are common sense steps that should have been taken before human error, both by the truck driver and by the placing of ammonia and chlorine intake pipes side by side, occurred. The Region of Waterloo have both the budget and the professional personnel on staff to avoid disasters before they happen. Similar to a recent article in the Record concerning workmen being exposed to asbestos at the William St. pumphouse; a little forethought goes a long way.

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