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LEAD FOUND IN ISLE-AUX-MORTS TAP WATER , DO DOT CONSUME ADVISORY ISSUED, NL
A Do Not Consume advisory was issued Tuesday for the town of Isle-aux-Morts in Newfoundland and Labrador due to the high levels of lead found in the town's tap water. The town had already been under a boil water advisory since August 28, for maintenance and repairs. This is par for the course for the 600 residents of this small town on the South West coast of Newfoundland Island.
" I'm not a technical person," says town Clerk Lydia Francis. " But I am reponsible for telling our residents what is going on. What I understand is that the chlorine in the system is so high that the PH level is down, which is causing lead to leach from our pipes."
According to Francis, the town's chlorination system is automated and needs to be readjusted when the seasons and the water temperature change.
In an email, Newfoundland Environment Director of
Water Resources Management, Haseen Khan says "There are no lead pipes in Isle-aux-Morts but it is an old system where the use of lead solder in plumbing and brass fittings was the common practice."
"The government forgot our coast. The pipes are so old, 50 years old, so it happens quite often," she says.
Residents are advised not to use tap water for drinking, cooking or preparing food and ice cubes. Alternate sources of water include the town's Potable Water Dispensing Unit ,water from an approved and tested well, or bottled water.
Isle-aux-Morts, or the "Island of the Dead", sits on a rugged coastline dotted with shipwrecks. Its name evokes the hundreds of lives that have been lost off the Isle aux Morts coast throughout the years.
In the 1970s and 1980s the town, like many others in Newfoundland thrived on the fishing industry and the peak population in the 1980s was near 1200. Currently the town contains one convenience store, a local bar and a school housing students from kindergarten to grade 9. - Wikipedia