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SEVERAL TOWNS, QC: BWAS CONFIRMED IN TWO OF THREE QUEBEC TOWNS
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Information was coming out in the media that a few Quebec towns were under a preventative Boil Water Notice (BWA). The interesting twist to this story is that none of the three municipalities that we followed up with had any information posted on their websites. A glance at the active advisories on the site of the Ministère du Développement durable, Environnement et Lutte Contre le changements climatiques (MDDELCC), revealed nothing other than a system unique to a school in one of the towns has been under a Do Not Consume Advisory since September 23, 2015.
We were able to contact the towns of Saint-Dominique in the Montérégie Region, and Saint-Bruno in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
The town of Saint-Dominique fell victim of a major water main break on April 20th this year. A preventative BWA was issued on Friday, April 21st which encouraged citizens to boil water for at least a minute before consuming
Sylvain Lauzier, Director of Public Works for the Town of Saint-Dominique, confirmed the main break. Lauzier added that local citizens were "advised of the BWA by automatic message system." Lauzier said that the "message is typed into a central system and residents receive the notice by email, text, or a simple telephone message."
Lauzier said that repairs made, and the BWA "was lifted on Sunday, April 23," after tests showed that the water was safe to consume.
Saint-Bruno was also victim to a water main break, and a BWA was issued on April 14th. Phillippe Lusinchi, Urbanism and Building Inspector for the town, confirmed the break and "preventative" measure. Lusinchi highlighted that residents are informed, "by mail, and [the town's] social media pages." There was still some confusion on April 18, as some residents were inquiring if the BWA was still in effect on the municipality's Facebook page.
Lusinchi added that the advisory "is no longer in effect, it was lifted in the following days." The town posted a notice on Facebook to that effect on Thursday, April 20 just before 5 pm. The notice ended with the town apologizing for the inconvenience that this situation may have caused," and then thanked residents for their collaboration.
The third town Saint-Simon was unreachable for comment, municipal offices are closed on Monday.
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