BWA of the Day
SAINT-VICTOR UNDER INDEFINITE BWA, QC
In June 2001, a year after the Walkerton tragedy - where seven people died after E.coli entered their water system - the government of Quebec published its Règlement sur la qualité de l'eau potable (RQEP), which defined the standards of treatment for all public water systems in the province.
Saint-Victor, as well as many other towns in Quebec, where the drinking water comes from untreated groundwater, was told to install a chlorination system.
Fourteen years later, thanks to a contribution from the Federal Gas Tax Fund, the work order has been sent to tender and a boil water issued to the town on November 3 until the work is completed, which could be several months. " There are three wells in the community, we have to connect all three wells," says Town Engineer, Denis Fortin. " A whole network of water mains has to be set down, and we can't do it at this time of year, especially not today with the cold spell we are having." So it seems that the entire commmunity of some 2,500 people will be boiling for many months to come.
The village of Saint-Victor sits on a hill above the Le Bras Saint-Victor river valley in the Chaudière-Appalaches administrative region in Quebec. A Car Demolition Derby and a Rodeo have been held annually in July for over 30 years, attracting 50,000 visitors every year.