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Release: Nov. 13, 2001

UI power plant will clean its pipes with steam releases

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa power plant will conduct a series of steam releases, beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

The releases, which are necessary to clean pipes that carry steam to turbines that generate electrical power, will be carried out all day Thursday and possibly into Friday, says Eric Foresman, UI construction engineer. Each release will last from two to three minutes.

"The steam is released from the boiler through new piping leading to the turbines. Even though it goes through a very large muffler to reduce sound, the public probably will still notice the sound and may see puffs of steam near the roof of the power plant," says Foresman. "We have to do this to clean out any materials inside the piping, which is part of a recent renovation of the power plant system."