Chlorine Plume at VA Water Plant

Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 02:05 PM gHale

A chemical reaction resulted in a chlorine plume in the pump room last Friday behind the Old Town Splash Pad at the Winchester, VA, city Facilities Maintenance Division.

Staffers were mixing chlorine to treat water at the Splash Pad when the incident occurred.

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After realizing there was an issue, staff called 9-1-1 at 8 a.m. One staff member ended up transported to Winchester Medical Center. As a precaution, that staff member ended up treated and monitored for possible respiratory irritation.

Winchester Fire and Rescue worked to transfer the materials, then neutralize and secure the area. The scene was cleared by noon.

An outside environmental cleanup company will also be called in to mitigate the spill and properly dispose of the materials. Until that work is finished, the Splash Pad will be closed. An estimate of when they will be able to clean up the scene is still in the works.

“There is no danger to the public or the environment caused by this incident,” said Winchester Fire and Rescue Department Chief Allen Baldwin. “We are just taking the necessary precautions to make sure the area is cleaned up and the chemicals neutralized properly before reopening the Splash Pad to the public.”

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