City of Vancouver buildings will be feeling a bit colder as a result of last week’s pipeline explosion in Prince George.
The city announced that it is taking steps to reduce its natural gas use. This includes shutting down its asphalt plant and lowering thermostats at all city-staff occupied buildings, recreation centres, and Vancouver Public Library locations.
“We are continuing to assess the impact a longer-term gas outage could have on city operations and will look at other adjustments that can be made if this is an ongoing issue,” said the City of Vancouver in a statement to Daily Hive.
Residents should note that the temperatures have not been lowered in swimming pools at recreation centres.
Calling all swimmers: Pool temperatures have NOT been adjusting for natural gas savings. We have only adjusted temperatures in areas that do not impact the public. Our pools remain warm and inviting. Enjoy your swim! #VanParkBoard pic.twitter.com/miOfGXKvGs
— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) October 15, 2018
The city says that at this time, it does not foresee an impact to its housing operation or social services centres.
Fortis BC warned that close to 700,000 customers across the province could be affected by the incident.