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Water Today Title December 11, 2017

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BWA of the Day



E.coli was detected in the drinking water system of Saint-Michel-du-Squatec, on October 22. The village remains under advisory today because one of the two water samples sent after the BWA was issued came back positive for E.coli last week. As in most Canadian provinces, the advisory will not be lifted until two consecutive sets of water tests are free of bacteria.

"I sent another set of samples to the lab in Rimouski," says town clerk, Carole Morneau."Posters were displayed in the town's major businesses, while institutions such as day cares, senior residences, and schools were called individually. The rest of the population of about 1,200 was notified by mail."

Morneau was unsure about the water source and the treatment system for Squatec's water, but according to the Quebec Ministry of Environment the town's potable water is untreated groundwater.

Located in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Québec, Saint-Michel-du-Squatec is bordered to the south by the newly created Parc National du Lac Témiscouata. The park is the second largest in Québec south of the Saint Lawrence River after that of the Gaspé peninsula. The word 'squatec' is thought to be either of micmac or malecite origin, meaning 'river source'.

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