The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Explosion at Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant

WHITBY, ON January 21, 2014 – No workers were injured at an explosion at Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) in Pickering this morning, and services to residents were not affected.

"There was an explosion in a bio-filter building at Duffin Creek WPCP at approximately 9:15 a.m., causing a small fire, which was quickly contained by local fire officials," said Cliff Curtis, Commissioner of Works for The Regional Municipality of Durham. "We do not yet know the cause of the explosion. We are grateful that there were no injuries, and all staff and contractors have been accounted for."

Wastewater treatment services for local residents and businesses have not been affected, as the plant continues to operate normally. Please note that Duffin Creek WPCP is a wastewater treatment plant, not a water supply plant, and this occurrence has not, in any way, affected the local water supply.

The Region is now co-operating with the Fire Marshall to investigate the cause of the explosion and fire, and assess damage to the plant. Some structural damage has occurred.

Duffin Creek WPCP, which is jointly owned by York and Durham Regions, treats wastewater from residents and businesses in Durham Region (Ajax and Pickering) and York Region for release into Lake Ontario.


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