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SAINT-TITE-DES-CAPS, QC: PRECISIONS ON PROLONGED DO NOT CONSUME ADVISORY AT COLLÈGE DES HAUTS SOMMETS, QC
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By Cori Marshall
Last week Water Today reported on the Do Not Consume advisory that is still in effect for the boy' residence at Collège des Hauts Sommets (CHS) in Saint-Tite-des-Caps, Québec. We were able to make contact with school administration to obtain some precisions as to why the water is still not safe to drink three months after the advisory was issued.
Sonia Lefrançois, President of the CHS Board of Directors, confirmed that the advisory was still in effect and added "the (Ministère de Développement durable, Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques) MDDELCC required an inspection of our drinking water well." She underlined that "the inspection, water analyses and the adjustments to be made are unfortunately spread over time, (...) however, everything indicates that our water is crystal clear."
CHS has "already lengthened the (well) casing and are currently in testing," Lefrançois said. Once this phase is complete the school "will have to upgrade their facilities, and either keep the chlorine system or go with a UV system." The scho
ol has engaged the services of a firm and is looking at several months before everything is regularized.
"The advisory will be lifted once we have the assurance that our system has been brought up to standard. This is ultimately determined by the Ministère de l'Environnement."
In the meantime, Lefrançois informed us that "the entire school is supplied with bottled water, and we procure large jugs of water, weekly, to meet the demand." The Board President added that "everything is fine apart from the management of the purchase of water and changing the jugs."
Sonia Lefrançois, President of the CHS Board of Directors
The school is in the process of addressing their water issue, yet it will months before students and staff will be able to drink the well water.
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