BWA of the Day
BWA of the day
BÉCANCOUR BWA, FIRST IN ITS HISTORY
The boil water advisory issued for Bécancour on April 17, is the first one ever since the municipality was founded in 1965. This explains why
Superintendent of Environmental Hygiene, Michel Carbonneau, is anxiously awaiting the results of the tests that were sent to the laboratories on Monday.
"I'm pretty sure they will be clean," he says. "We already tested the water in our own laboratory and there was no contamination at any time, but since our lab is not accredited we had to confirm our findings with Environex Labs in Trois-Rivières. Samples were taken all along the system to the rate of 1 sample per 1,000 people."
According to Carbonneau, a mechanical failure on Friday affected the dosage of the chemical products in the treatment plant. "By the time we had repaired it, the levels of turbidity in the system were too high and we had to issue a boil water advisory."
The BWA does not affect the entire municipality but it does impact the neighbouring communities of Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford and Sainte-Monique, as well as the Wolinak Abenaki reserve, who are all connected to the distribution system; in all about 8,600 people.
A state-of-the-art ozone system - equipped with both pre-ozonation and post-ozonation - was installed in Bécancour in the summer of 2102. According ot Water & Wastes Digest , the system's modularity, low maintenance and process control led Carbonneau, 'one of the industry's top treatment plant operators' to recommending it.
Bécancour is a city in the Centre-du-Québec region, located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River at the confluence of the Bécancour River, opposite Trois-Rivières. The St. Lawrence River is the city's water source.