The city of Banks' hypochlorite generation system on September 6, 2017. Photo: Chas Hundley
A Longview, Wash. chemical facility suffered a power outage earlier this month and as a result, chlorine supplies to municipal water suppliers in the Pacific Northwest are dwindling.
The chlorine shortage came after Houston, Texas-headquartered Westlake Chemical experienced an electrical failure at their chemical plant in Longview, Wash. Chlorine supplies from the plant serve municipal water and sewer customers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Northern California.
In Banks, there will be no impact. The city of Banks’ water system uses chlorine, but it creates it on-site.
In response to an email from the Banks Post, Banks City Manager Jolynn Becker said city staff were aware of the issue.
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“We have been discussing this concern this morning,” Becker said.  . . .
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