BWA of the Day
BWA of the Day
SMALL NEWFOUNDLAND WATER SYSTEM TURNED OFF DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS
On July 20, the operator of a small water system in Lamaline, NL turned off the chlorination system due to the lack of funds to operate it.
Town clerk Barb King says, "Yes, that's sort of what happened, the system needed a lot of repairs." Affected residents were told to boil by radio or direct phone calls but they also "have the option to get water from the local store that has a dispenser for large containers".
There is also hope on the horizon as Lamaline received a $375,000 provincial fund to update their potable water system to an advanced drinking system.
According to a governemnt document,
"Advanced drinking water systems are small-scale water treatment systems which pump and treat water from the municipal supply, store the treated water and allow residents to manually collect the water from a small shelter. These small scale water treatment plants with a low operation and maintenance cost are a viable and sustainable option for remote communities. Communities with a population of 500 or less are encouraged to consider this option for addressing water quality issues."
According to Barb, the system is expected to be operational some time in September. Located on the southern coast of Newfoundland, Lamaline sits righ at sea level.
Asked if the town folks had noticed a rise in the sea level, King says" Oh yes, somewhat, we just wish it washes back out".