ktachiya
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Water Problems At YVR?

Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:01 pm

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-col...ry/2006/11/16/power-windstorm.html

Well, basically people might say I am a moron for posting this, but it seems to be a serious issue right now as my tap water is yellowish/green. The water seems very unsafe.

I heard that the water in Richmond (where YVR is) is not contaminated, but it can be that other areas (where probably some of the water comes from) is extremely contaminated. Furthermore, I wonder about catering and where the crew is staying (Most of the crew stays in downtown Vancouver where contaminated water is a problem).

I would also wonder about how the catering is going. Obviously, I know that some of the materials (aircraft fuel) is manufactured in Burnaby but how will this affect ops in YVR tommorow?

I can just imagine how international airlines leaving for YVR making an announcement. "Water is Vancouver is very dangerous, we advise you once arriving in Vancouver that you use only mineral water for things such as: drinking, brushing your teeth, and making coffee out of." Almost like the safety video that I saw many times going to places where water quality was bad.

So will we see any effect tommorow at all or is the airport safe from the rest of the city? The advisory extends to 2 million people in the lower mainland so I assume it includes YVR as well.

Thx in advance and if I get the info wrong, please just tell me I'm wrong as I am no expert.
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flyboy2001
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RE: Water Problems At YVR?

Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:09 pm

I live in Richmond and, as of this evening, my water is crystal clear. My friend, however, had muddy water today. Drink bottled water, boil your water or take a chance on tap water. The worst that will happen is that you will get a mild gastro-intestinal upset. I imagine airlines will be able to get bottled water to their crew, if it's an issue.

Quoting Ktachiya (Thread starter):
"Water is Vancouver is very dangerous, we advise you once arriving in Vancouver that you use only mineral water for things such as: drinking, brushing your teeth, and making coffee out of."

This is not the airline's job or responsibility to do. the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) has put out an advisory and it will be up to each hotel, bar or restaurant to inform their customers as to what they wish them to do. For example, all Starbucks within the GVRD area were not making any coffee drinks today, because they couldn't guarantee the quality of the water - but it was Starbucks' decision to do this, as the warning from the GVRD was only an advisory.

As for fuel, I doubt the state of water cleanliness will affect the production of jet fuel. If water even enters into it, the refining process is too stringent to allow that.
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ktachiya
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RE: Water Problems At YVR?

Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:43 pm

Quoting Flyboy2001 (Reply 1):
As for fuel, I doubt the state of water cleanliness will affect the production of jet fuel. If water even enters into it, the refining process is too stringent to allow that.

True, silly me. Why did I throw this in. My bad......... Well, the water advisory was put in sometime in the afternoon (as I understand) so I hope nobody drank it before then.
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robsawatsky
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RE: Water Problems At YVR?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:22 am

As of a few minutes ago: "Medical Health Authorities have advised that “at the recommendation of the Medical Health Officers, the boil water advisory is lifted for all areas except Vancouver, North Shore and Burnaby."

Note that YVR is in Richmond, not Vancouver.

As an aside, the water was not "contaminated" it was turbid, which means cloudiness from sediment washed into the reservoirs from recent heavy rain. While turbidity can increase the risk of gastro-intestinal illness and reduces the effectiveness of disinfectants there was no indication of any particular bacterial or parasitic threat in the water system. This was all a precaution, an advisory not an order.