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SMITH SOUND, NL: SMALL NFLD COMMUNITY CAN'T AFFORD TO CHLORINATE WATER
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A small part of the community of Harcourt, located in the local service district of Smith Sound, has been under a boil water advisory since January 2.
Terry Hardwick, Chairperson for Smith Sound said that they were having trouble meeting regulatory standards for the 16 homes affected and as a result shut down the chlorinator to the water system.
"Our water system is really tiny," said Hardwick, "In order (to acquire the necessary) resources we would have to share the costs between 16 people."
He said that he had crunched some numbers and according to some figures attained through the water resources management division, annual costs to each household would be in the $1,800 range.
As some residents are retirees or cottage owners who might not be making use of the facilities year round, the costs are prohibitive.
When year-end budgets were drawn up at the end of December, the decision was made to turn off the chlorinator.
In the meantime, the province was notified and the houses affected made aware of the advisory.
"We've issued a hand delivered notice to the people that are here and posted signs for the people that aren't here," Hardwick said, "There's no public access otherwise. It's a very closed system."
No timeline is in place for lifting the advisory as of right now.
"I can't see us lifting that ourselves," said Hardwick," But maybe it'll get lifted by people if we hand (responsibility for the system) over to somebody else. It's not an easy go."
Most of population within the local service district access water via their own wells, so this is an isolated advisory for a small pocket of homes.
The Local Service District provides municipal services to the communities of Harcourt, Monroe and Waterville. They are all located on the body of water known as Smith Sound, which was famous for its cod stocks in times past.
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