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Water Today Title November 20, 2017

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BWA of the Day



A precautionary boil water advisory was issued for Schefferville QC on November 22 when bacteria was detected in one of the water samples sent to the lab.

"I don't know the exact nature of the bacteria," says town secretary Danielle Sauvé. "I know we have not yet found what caused the positive reading. We will be sending new samples in the next few days."

"The source of our drinking water is Knob Lake," she says. " The water is chlorinated before distribution but the lake itself is very clean."

According to Sauvé, the advisory affects all 230 of the town's population. Residents were notified of the advisory through flyers distributed in postal boxes; posters were also displayed in public places; institutions and businesses were advised individually.

Our own records indicate that here has been only one other BWA in Schefferville in 2012 ,since we started monitoring them in 2006.

Schefferville is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence river, right the Quebec-Labrador border. The town was established by the Iron Ore Company Of Canada in 1954 to support the mining of rich iron ore deposits in the area. At its peak in the late 1960s, Schefferville counted some 5,000 residents. But iron ore mining ceased there in 1982, on orders from the then president of the Iron Ore Company, Brian Mulroney.

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