[UPDATED] Ammonia levels lead to arena closure

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SEPT. 22 UPDATE

SUBMITTED BY TOWN OF MORINVILLE

Ray McDonald Sports Center back to normal operating conditions

Morinville, Alta. – The Town of Morinville is pleased to report that the mechanical problem with the Ray McDonald Sports Center ice plant and related ammonia levels has now been repaired, tested, and is back to normal operating conditions. As such, the arena portion of the building is now back in operation as of 2:30 p.m. We will continue to monitor the system over the weekend with the intent to bring the curling rink back on-line early next week conditional upon the absence of any new ammonia leak. All user groups are being notified. We thank everyone for their patience in working through this situation and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

8:30 PM SEPT. 19 UPDATE

by Colin Smith

The ice plant mechanical problem that resulted in yesterday’s closure of the Ray McDonald Sports Center will be remedied quickly, according to Morinville Director of Public Works Claude Valcourt.

Valcourt said Public Works has been informed by contractor Gateway Mechanical the parts should be here tomorrow and will hopefully be installed Friday.

“However, we can’t guarantee that the building will re-open for the weekend as the system will require to be checked for leaks and this will all take time,” he said.

A mechanical problem with the ice plant caused the ammonia levels to increase intermittently this morning

It was decided to close the entire facility in accordance with “standard operating procedures and operating health and safety policy.”

ORIGINAL STORY

by Colin Smith

Increased ammonia levels in the ice plant room led to the closure of the Ray McDonald Sports Center yesterday.

A mechanical problem with the ice plant is causing the ammonia levels to increase intermittently.

According to a Town of Morinville media release sent out Wednesday morning, the decision was made to close the entire facility in accordance with “standard operating procedures and operating health and safety policy.”

A contractor has been brought in to deal with the ice plant repair, which will include parts replacement.

The facility will remain closed until the ice plant is functioning normally.

Morinville News has been unable to reach the Director of Public Works as of the time of publication. Any additional details will be added when available.

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