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Water Today Title December 11, 2017

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Unsatisfactory water tests results have prompted a BWA in Béarn, QC, a municipality in northwestern Québec . "The water operator is on holidays," says town administrative assistant, Kathleen Desrochers. "I don't know what was found in the samples, but we have increased the chlorination, and new samples have been sent the lab in Québec City."

According to Desrochers, there has been no boil water advisory since she started working for the town three years ago, our own records confirm this. Béarn has had no reported water advisory since 2006.

The water advisory affects the whole community of some 700 people. Notices were distributed in residents mail boxes at the post office and broadcast on the radio. "I think most people are not bothered by the advisory and still drink their tap water without boiling it," she says.

Béarn is located in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Québec, it's ecomonomy is largely based on agiculture and forestry. Tembec, a pulp and paper and forestry company, is the region's main employer.

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