BWA of the Day
5,700 ASKED TO BOIL AFTER MAJOR LINE BREAK, NB
The whole community of Grand Falls/Grand Sault, NB is under BWA following the break of a major pumping line on September 23.
"It was a 1/2" steel pipe that literally broke in two and drained the town's reservoir," says general director, Peter Michaud. "We have no idea why. The pipe was fixed within hours and we are now following the provincial directives requiring two days of clean water test results. We received the first results today and are expecting the second ones tomorrow. I would think that by end of day Friday, all will be back to normal."
According to Michaud, this was an unusual incident since most of Grand Falls' water main breaks only affect a few streets.
"We followed the municipal plan for notifying residents whereby businesses are called individually while residents are notified through radio, press, website and facebook messages, he says. "We're not on twitter yet, but will soon be."
Grand Falls is one of two municipalities in Canada with its name in both official languages: Grand Falls/Grand-Sault. The name Grand Falls was inherited from the notorious falls dropping from a height of 23 meters (75 feet) formed by the flow of the St. John River. The town's most distinctive feature is its bilingualism.