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2017/11/23

BONAVENTURE, QC: LOCAL ROAD WORK MAY BE CAUSE OF E. COLI IN WATER



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A November 16 Facebook post announced that a boil water advisory (BWA) was in place for Ville de Bonaventure, in the Gaspésie region of Québec. The underlying reason for the order was "tests revealed the presence of E Coli."

An update issued on November 21 on the town website, and Facebook page stated that the BWA was still in place, and that residents were to bring water to "a rolling boil for at least five minutes, until advised otherwise."

Tuesday's update had a local resident asking about the source and cause of the presence of E Coli.

We communicated with the city through Facebook Messenger and confirmed there was "a non-compliant test result."

The city is addressing the situation, the municipal "drinking water technician is doing all the necessary tests and [the town] is waiting for the results this Friday [November 24]."

When we asked about the cause and the source we were told that "no one can confirm with certainty where the bacteria come from, but the work currently underway on avenue Louisbourg is one of the possible causes."

The population of Bonaventure is less than 3,000 and has "a non-chlorinated system, [their] water is more fragile."







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