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Water Today Title October 22, 2018

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On May 26, a boil water advisory was issued for Brigus, Cupids and South River in Newfounland Labrador; all three towns are connected by a common water system located in Brigus. While the advisory in Brigus was removed on June 4, both Cupids and South River are still under advisory. We wanted to find out why.

We first reached Allisha Ke, the assistant town clerk in Brigus who confirmed that the BWA in their town had indeed been lifted.

"We do supply water to both Cupids and South River but I don't know why the advisory is still in effect there. You'll have to call their town offices," she says.

When we reached Jonathan Moore at the South River town office he said "we are awaiting the notification from the Health Department to remove the advisory. It's a precautionary advisory due to routine line flushing." Moore did not know how many people were affected in South River as many are served by private wells.

In Cupids, town clerk Ivy King explained that the lines were first flushed in Brigus, then in Cupids and finally in South River which is why the advisories wer still in effect in the latter two towns.

"We're waiting for the government to take the samples before we remove the advisory," she said. "It affects about half of our population of 750. We advise them with posters around town and I have a list of our resident emails and I sent them all an email." According to Ivy, many residents always drink bottled water in Cupids.

Brigus (pop. 794) is a small fishing community located in Conception Bay, Cupids is about 5 km away; it is the oldest continuously settled official British colony in Canada and the second oldest in North America (the first is Jamestown, Virginia). South River is 8.3 km west of Brigus, it had a population of 655 in the 2011 census.

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