BWA of the Day
OPERATOR UP AND QUITS, LEAVING VILLAGE UNDER BWA, SK
With one-week's notice, Paddockwood's water operator decided to retire, leaving the village with no one to turn to for the operation of its water system. On August 1, Paddockwood had no choice but to issue a Boil Water Advisory to protect its residents.
Although one of the townships's councillor is currently testing the water, he does not have the needed operator classification to run it and already has a job. There are 160 residents in the village and many others from the surrounding rural municipality fill their tanks with the village's water. "So it's inconveniencing quite a few people,"says town administrator, Joan Carrier. "We've put an advertisement for an operator and are offering to pay for the water testing schooling for the right candidate. Meanwhile most people are drinking bottled water,"she says.
The source of water in Paddockwood is groundwater and with the cold temperatures the area has had over the last two winters, there have been many line breaks in the system as well.
"We're a small and a very old community,"says Carrier, "our population is down and our infrastructure is ageing.. We actually had frozen lines in some homes until mid-July this year,"she says. "The lines were frozen and when the frost came up in spring, they froze again."
Villagers were advised of the BWA by word of mouth, as well as notices in public places such as the post office and the co-op. Some residents also volunteered to make phone calls to their neighbours.
Paddockwood was founded in the early 1900s by a Fred Pitts, who set up a post office and named the settlement Paddockwood after the village he had left in England. Paddockwood was the home of the first Red Cross hospital in the British Empire, set up after the First World War.