The Enderby Arena and Curling Rink will be delayed in opening for the ice season this year due to a problem with its chiller.
The chiller is a long tube that encases a series of smaller tubes which circulates the brine and ammonia. When the chiller was being prepared for start-up earlier in the week, it was discovered that ammonia had leaked into the brine.
“The super-chilled brine is what cools the floor of the arena and curling rink so that water can be frozen for the ice-making process,” said City of Enderby chief administrative officer Tate Bengston. “We’re very disappointed by this.”
As a next step, the brine and ammonia will be isolated and drained from the chiller. At that point, the circulation tubes can be analyzed.
Depending on the nature of the solution, the potential delay in opening could range from four to 15 weeks.
Further information about the delayed opening will be made available as soon as known.
The delayed opening affects groups including North Okanagan and Salmon Arm minor hockey, adult and oldtimers pick-up hockey leagues, men’s, women’s, mixed and seniors curling leagues, the Thompson Okanagan Ringette League, a homeschool program and an outreach program.
A.L. Fortune Secondary School in Enderby could also be affected as they book ice time for its hockey academy, which would resume when the teachers strike is over.
The delayed opening could also potentially affect a handful of City of Enderby employees, plus a contract employee of the curling club.
Bengston estimated the current chiller to be 15-to-20 years old, and he also believed there was a similar problem with the previous chiller.