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CORNER BOOK, NL: HIGH NUMBER OF OUTAGES DECLINING, NL
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Corner Brook sits at the mouth of the Humber River on the Bay Islands, surrounded by picturesque mountains on the western shore of Newfoundland. Portions of the the community started the New Year under Precautionary Boil Water Advisory. The advisory was lifted on January 9, 2017 after repairs were completed to the water distribution system and water smaples came back clean.
Mayor Charles Pender explained in an email to this reporter on January 16th "The break and subsequent water loss were significant which meant it had to be repaired as quickly as possible. It is a requirement after this type of incident that we issue a BWA immediately following the repair. The BWA is lifted after two consecutive successful tests have been conducted on the water, with the samples taken a minimum of 24 hours apart."
Smaller outages are also occuring, as the one that was seen January 16, 2017 on Valley Rd which left residents without water for 6-8 hours for emergency repairs to the water distribution system. Previous to this was the Boil Water Advisory on Aug 13, 2015 which was the result of a chlorine leak at the Water Treatment Plant resulting in a precautionary Boil Water Advisory for 3 days.
The Corner Brook Water Treatment Plant came into operation on May 8, 2015, and services Corner Brook, Massey Drive and Mt Moriah areas. The system replaced distribution and water mains dating as far back as 1925, with construction contracts awarded to two separate companies
The Building and Construction Canada website gave this information on the project: The project got out of control so it was broken down into two different projects: the distribution main and the water treatment plant itself" The distribution system was built by Marine contractors and the water plant by Pormeleau Construction Inc. The final cost of the project being an estimated $50 million
Mayor Charles Pender stated further in his email that "A review of an equivalent 9 month period in 2015 vs. 2016 shows a reduction of approximately 75%." Although the reduction of leaks is substantial, the frequency of the current outages and BWA's still remains high. The City of Corner Brook appears confident that the system is operating well and delivering water that meets or exceeds current standards. Capital work will continue with upgrades to pressure-reducing valve stations, and continue to educate residence on water-use reduction. Corner Brook can ill afford to delegate more of it's budget to Water Treatment as it must now focus on the Federal Governments Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations, that carries a target date for 2020.
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