BWA of the Day
ABOVE-GROUND PIPE SOLVES LEAK ISSUE IN QUEBEC TOWN
Residents and businesses on Notre-Dame street in Saint-Casimir were told to boil their water on January 26 after a leak was found in a pipe that runs the water from the municipal system, across Ste-Anne River, and to Notre-Dame street on the other side.
"With this cold weather, we couldn't fix the buried pipe, so we've suspended an above-the-ground pipe under the bridge to connect the south side of the river to the system," says Vital Nault, Public Works Director and water operator for the town of Saint-Casimir.
According to him, this is a temporary measure until the ground thaws out in the spring. Saint-Casimir's drinking water source is surface water. It comes from a unnamed lake in the vicinity of Saint-Thuribe, a municipality closeby who shares the water system with Saint-Casimir. The pipes in Saint-Casimir are not particularly old, they were replaced in 2000.
"We do weekly tests and have not had any problems until now," says Nault. "I am sending a set of water samples today and tomorrow to the lab, once they are confirmed to be clean, the advisory will be lifted."
As for the other BWA in town, the one on the Pied de la Montagne system which was issued in 2001, Nault says "that's a long story, the system is slowly being brought up to the provincial norms for drinking water but we're not there yet."