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2019/8/2

CAVENDISH, NL: RESIDENTS UNRUFFLED BY 16-YEAR BWA, NL



Cavendish well #2 has been on the Newfoundland Boil Water Advisory list since June 2003, reporting disinfection system shut down for maintenance or mechanical failure.

WaterToday inquired of residents of Cavendish, how the boil water advisory is impacting their town. Eunice Legge tells Water Today that locals just take care of their own water needs, having their own private wells. “There is no town office”, Mrs. Legge advised us. She is not inconvenienced by the boil water advisory, with no issues to report.

Cavendish shows up with a population of 363 as of the last census, the Newfoundland water advisories still list the Tom Critch Well as an official boil water advisory, on going for 16 years now.

Henry Critch says he has the town water, but he doesn’t drink it. “I just don’t like the smell of Javex coming out of the tap”. Mr. Critch says he has his own well that his father dug ages ago, but just hasn’t had the time to hook it up. In the mean time, he fills his bottles with drinking water from his daughter’s place in a neighbouring town.

Cavendish real estate features one single family home, listed at $234,900. Lloyd Collins with Royal LePage Realty books the showings for the agent on this listing. He says that boil water advisories are not uncommon, and they don’t really deter potential buyers. “Most people in the rural areas have their own drilled wells.”

If you are in the area of Cavendish next weekend, be sure to check out the annual festival, August 9-11, featuring horseshoe tournament, kids activities, music, food and a dance on Saturday night.

gillian@watertoday.ca







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