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Water Today Title December 15, 2017

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Advisory of the Day



It is the height of the tourist season in Baddeck; and this year the season comes hard on the heels of a brutal winter where the Atlantic provinces were mercilessly pounded by snow and ice. The village sits at the start and end of the Cabot Trail loop, and tourism is key to its economy, So when the Nova Scotia Environment Department issued a Boil Water Advisory for the village of 769 people on August 20, it was not good news. If you got it.

While the town's residents and businesses were duly notified, few outside the community got the news firsthand. There was no mention of it on the provincial government advisory list, no press release was issued and the village`s phone remained unanswered for most of the following days.

"We update our advisories on Wednesdays," says Environment spokesperson, Heather Fairbairn. "But some people are on vacation and there have been delays. It's also a busy time for Baddeck as well with all the tourists flocking in."

According to Fairbairn, the advisory was issued due to elevated levels of total coliforms and E.coli bacteria in recent water samples. Two sets of new samples have now been taken and sent to the lab. The cause of the contamination remains unknown.

According to Water Today records, there have been no BWAs for the town of Baddeck since 2007, although advisories were issued for small individual water systems servicing motels, campgrounds and restaurants in the area over the years.

The village of Baddeck is situated on the northern shore of Bras d'Or Lake on Cape Breton Island. Baddeck has a history stretching back to early Mi'kmaq, French and British settlements. The village was also home to Alexander Graham Bell.

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