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Leak could delay ice arena

Published 11:11am Thursday, October 13, 2011

The city of Fergus Falls reported today that the opening of the community ice arena may be delayed by a leak of a refrigeration unit at the Roosevelt Education Center.

The city revealed in a press release that as workers were cooling down the practice rink on Oct. 6, an increase in pressure in the system triggered a pressure release valve, jettisoning a significant amount of the refrigeration unit (glycol) shared by the rink and school refrigeration systems.

Over the next few days, the city and contractors will attempt to refill the system’s glycol supply and make adjustments to the system to prevent a reoccurrence of the glycol release. They will then attempt to cool the rink again next week.

It is unknown at this time whether the leak will cause a delay, or how long such a delay would be, but the city reported that if it does, it would primarily affect youth events. The glycol was kept out of city water.

Representatives from the city engineer and public works offices had not responded to phone calls as of press time.

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