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Water Today Title January 20, 2019

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By Ronan O'Doherty

A Boil Water Order has been in place since January 23 in the community of Judique, Nova Scotia.

Located within the Municipality of the County of Inverness, on the west side of Cape Breton island, the community of 50 residents has been waiting for repairs to be completed on their water treatment plant.

"We had a piece of the treatment equipment that needed to be replaced," said Garett Beaton, Director of Public Works for the municipality, "It was on order, but it's completed now."

Beaton said that the community draws their water from a nearby river and when the piece of equipment failed, they ran out of treated water to supply the town as they did not have a large reservoir in Judique.

"When we ran out of treated water, we had to supply them with disinfected water but not treated water from the river," he said, "And once you bypass a major piece of treatment equipment, you have to put the system on boil."

Beaton expects the advisory to be lifted any day now, saying that they are arranging for a representative from Nova Scotia Environment to meet with officials on site this week.

"Nova Scotia Environment's role is to issue approvals to the utility for the construction and the operation of their municipal drinking water facility," said a spokesperson for the organisation in an email to this reporter, "We ensure they follow the terms and conditions of their approval. We also ensure the deficiencies that lead to the boil advisory have been corrected and samples are collected to confirm the actions were effective in producing safe drinking water. Once this is done the department will remove the boil advisory."


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