Advisory of the Day
E.COLI IN WATER TAKEN IN STRIDE IN WOODY POINT, NL
Woody Point, a town located in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, in Newfoundland and Labrador, was put under Boil Water Advisory on February 13, when E.coli was found in some of the water samples sent for testing.
"We put notices up in the convenience store, the post office and on our Facebook page and website, says Jacqueline Blanchard, the town's general manager. "We also called the businesses that are open during the winter."
According to Blanchard, the town's drinking water is surface water that comes down the gulch from the Park's Tablelands . It is treated with chlorine before distribution.
Although it is clear that the Water Advisory protocol is well-known and executed when needed, advisories are taken in stride by the town residents.
"We don't get many BWAs," says Blanchard. "But when we do, most of the town folk just drink the water anyway. I do, and I've never been sick. I guess I've become immune to it"
There were 355 people in Woody Point according to the 2006 census, today its population has declined to 281 residents. Gros Morne National Park of Canada was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.