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Water Today Title December 15, 2017

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BWA of the Day

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8,000 residents in Saint-Rémi, a community 47 km south of Montreal, have been without potable water for five months, and they are none too happy.

"We pay taxes after all. And we can't even drink our own tap water", says one unnamed resident.

It was on February 7 of this year that the advisory was issued after bacteria was found in the water of one of the town's well. Five months later the situation is far from resolved and it is expected to last a few more weeks or even months.

The trouble is Saint-Rémi is one of the few remaining Quebec towns to distribute untreated well water to its citizens and the Québec Ministry of Environment wants a long-term solution to be found before lifting the advisory.

The town's management is meeting with representatives of the Ministry this week to propose a short-term solution which would involve by-passing the well which had been contaminated in February. Whether this solution is accepted or not, it is expected that Saint-Rémi will have to buckle down and install a water treatment plant in the near future.

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