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2015/6/30
Daily Advisory Report


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CVRD EXPANDS STAGE 3 WATER RESTRICTIONS IN COWICHAN VALLEY , BC


There are now 4 water systems under Stage 3 restrictions in Cowichan Valley, Honeymoon, Burnum, Lambourn and Woodly Range.

"These systems are all on wells," says Cowichan Valley Regional District Manager Brian Dennison. "The decreasing snowpack has not affected them, yet, but the lack of precipitation this spring has lowered the water level in the aquifer and it cannot reach the systems. To add to the problem, this is the time of year when our population rises and when everyone wants to water their gardens".

According to Dennison, the CVRD acquired Burnum and Woodly Range in 2014 and there are upgrades to be brought to the systems to make them more suystainable; as an example, the water system source in Woodly Range is so limited that the community is under Stage 3 restrictions thorughout the year.

"We now own 19 water systems and 16 waste water systems. They each have their own issues. The current restrictions affect few people as each system serves from 20 to 300 at most".

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2015/6/30
Daily Advisory Report


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8 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 21 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 5 new advisories in Newfoundland and Labrador in Happy Valley-Goose Bay (inadequately treated water was introduced into the system), Pidgeon Cove-St Barbe (no free chlorine residual), Saint-Lunaire-Griquet (maintenance/repairs), Roddickton (maintenance/repairs), Greenspond (total coliforms); 2 advisories were lifted Carmanville and Happy Valley-Goose Bay (portion).

In Saskatchewan there are 3 new advisories in Air Ronge (portion, water main repair), Greig Campground (system depressurization) in Meadow Lake Provincial Park, and Nokomis (planned system maintenance); 4 advisories were removed in St Georges Hill, Tazin Lake Lodge, WaCasa RV Park in Wakaw Lake Regional Park and for the York Lake Slow Pitch well. In Québec, 13 advisories were removed most of them in local schools during the summer holidays, the advisories are ususally re-issued in September; they include École Notre-Dame de l'Assomption in Fugèreville, École des Hauteurs, École Jean Chapais in Saint-Denis-De La Bouteillerie, École centrale in Saint-Elzéar-de-Témiscouata, École Saint-Nom-de-Marie in Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce, École Saint-Joseph-Alban in Gaspé, École l'Assomption in Percé, Wakeham Adult Education Center in Gaspé other removed advisories include the Pavillion de Poularies, Camping New Richmond, Nouvelle (private system), Rimouski (private system), and Village alpin "Le Valinouet" in Saint-David-de-Falardeau.

In BC, 1 new advisory was issued for the Birkenhead Resorts (non-compliance with potable water quality standards) in Pemberton. There are 2 now advisories in New Brunswick for the Salmon Rock Subdivision (malfunction of chlorination system) in Grand Bay-Westfield and in Rivereast Park, Moncton (no pressure in system); 1 advisory was lifted in Riverside-Albert. There are 2 new small drinking water system advisories in Ontario for the Vankleek Hill Livestock Exchange and the Basic Needs in Green Valley. In Manitoba 1 advisory was removed in Landmark.

2015/6/27
Water Shortage


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CVRD ORDERS STAGE 3 WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR HONEYMOON BAY WATER SYSTEM, BC


Due to extended dry conditions and high water demand, the Cowichan Valley Regional District has issued Stage 3 Water Restrictions for all users of the Honeymoon Bay Water System. All sprinkling is now suspended. Filling pools and hot tubs, washing vehicles, houses or boats and washing driveways and sidewalks is NOT PERMITTED anytime. Hand Watering of trees, shrubs and gardens (hose with spring-loaded nozzle, a bucket or micro/drip irrigation) is only allowed between 6 - 8 am or 8 - 10 pm for a maximum 2 hours per day .

2015/6/27
Daily Advisory Report


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8 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 6 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 3 new advisories in Newfoundland and Labrador in Phillips Head (total coliforms), Portland Creek (E.coli), River of Ponds (total coliforms); 2 advisories were lifted in Churchill Falls and Forteau.

In Saskatchewan there are 2 new advisories in Paddockwood (risk of sewage cross-connection) and Spiritwood (portion, curb stop repair); 3 advisories were removed in Backstrap Provincial Park, Prud'Homme and Turnor Lake. In BC, 1 new advisory was issued for the Old Point Road Water System (Significant deterioration in source water quality) in Saturna Island; and 1 advisory was removed for the Chemainus Water System in North Cowichan. In Manitoba there are 2 new advisories in Landmark (portion, no reason given), and for the Wellman Lake United Church Camp in Minitonas (no reason given).

2015/6/26
Daily Advisory Report


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3 NEW BOIL WATER AND 4 BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORIES ISSUED, 11 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There is 1 new advisory in Saskatchewan for the Katepwa Beach Golf Club Well (total coliforms); 7 advisories were lifted: BPD Water Society Pipeline, Danielson Provincial Park, Hanley, Lady Lake Hamlet, Little Loon Regional Park, Livelong, North Portal.

In Newfoundland and Labrador there is one new advisory in Corner Brook (chlorination system failure); 2 advisories were removed in Cupids and South River. In BC, 1 new advisory was issued for the Echo Valley Ranch & Spa in Clinton. In Québec, 1 advisory was removed in Nicolet. 1 advisory was also removed in Manitoba in Clearwater.

Alberta Health has issued 4 new blue green advisories for Stoney Lake, Thunder Lake and Lake Baptiste in the North Zone and Twin Valley Reservoir in the Calgary Zone; please note that boiling water containing blue-green (cyanobacteria) will NOT remove the toxins. Use an alternate source of water for drinking and cooking. Pets should be kept away of large blue-green algae blooms.
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2015/6/25
Daily Advisory Report


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4 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 3 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There is 1 new advisory in British Columbia for the Texada Quarry (A Div. of Lafarge, insufficient treatment) in Texada Island; 1 advisory was lifted for the Blanket Creek Provincial Park in Revelstoke. In Manitoba, 1 advisory was issued for Thicket Portage (no reason given) and 1 advisory was removed for the Peppercorn Restaurant in Oakbank.

In Saskatchewan, there is 1 new water advisory in Kerrobert (portion, hydrant repair); 2 advisories were lifted in Jackfish Lake and Meota. There is 1 new advisory in Newfoundland Labrador in Happy-Valley-Goose Bay (maintenance/repairs). In Nunavut the advisory in Igloolik has been removed.

2015/6/24
Daily Advisory Report


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6 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 8 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 2 new advisories in British Columbia for the Will-O-Bend Golf & R.V (source water contamination) in Jaffray, and the West Bay Beach Resort (water quality advisory, equipment failure) in Westbank. In Québec, 1 advisory was issued for the Camping Bellechasse in Saint-Philémon (no reason given); 1 advisory was lifted in Saint-Guillaume. In New Brunswick 2 advisories were lifted in Saint John and for the Crown & Currie Estates in Waasis.

In Saskatchewan, there are 3 new water advisories: Gravelbourg (portion, line break), Hanley (portion, watermain break), Rosthern (portion, watermain break); 5 advisories were removed in Craven, Interlake Regional Water Board, Middle Lake, Sunset Estates Trailer Park in Saskatoon and Unity.

2015/6/22
Daily Advisory Report


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4 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 8 REMOVED, AND 2 BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORIES TODAY IN CANADA


In Saskatchewan, there is 1 new water advisory: Blackstrap Provincial Park, Kevin Misfeldt Campground only (watermain break); 3 advisories were removed in Bengough, Medstead and Prud'Homme (portion).

In Québec, 1 advisory was issued for the Camping Les Cèdres (no reason given); 5 advisories were lifted in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu; St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, St-Marc-sur-Richelieu, St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil and St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu. In Manitoba 1 advisory was issued for the White Lake Resort (no reason given) in Rennie.

Alberta Health Services has issued 2 new blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) advisories: Severn Creek Reservoir in the Calgary zone and Lake Isle in both the Edmonton and North zones.

2015/6/21
Daily BWA Report


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6 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 2 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


In Saskatchewan, there are 4 new water advisories: Craven (water main break), Livelong (pump failure), Prud'Homme (portion, water main repair), Sunset Estates in Saskatoon (pumphouse maintenance and depressurization); 2 advisories were removed in Dore Lake and La Loche.

In Québec, 1 advisory was issued for the Village alpin "Le Valinouet" in Saint-David-de-Falardau (no reason given); and in Ontario 1 advisory was issued for the Buttermilk Falls Resort in Algonquin Highlands ( no reason given).

2015/6/19
BWA of the day


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5 TOWNS, 27,000 PEOPLE UNDER BWA IN QUÉBEC


The Régie intermunicipale d'aqueduc du Bas-Richelieu (AIBR), a water board that serves 5 neighbouring communities located just south of Montreal, issued a Boil Water Advisory on June 17 after a valve broke at the water filtration plant. The advisoy affects the towns of St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, St-Marc-sur-Richelieu, St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil and St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, with a combined population of 27,000.

"You'd have to call someone at the Régie," says Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu Technical Services Director, Yvon Tardy. "I only know there was some issue at the plant. It's rare, he says, it's happens maybe once every 2 or 3 years".

"I'm the only one in the office," says the accountant at the Régie. Everone's gone to a conference, they won't be back until Monday. I know there was a broken valve, no bacteria. But you should call back on Monday." According to the Régie's website, the water filtation plant is managed by Dagua.

2015/6/19
Daily BWA Report


20 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 4 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


In Québec, there are 10 new water advisories: Frelighsburg (no reason given), Saint-Guillaume (no reason given), St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, St-Marc-sur-Richelieu, St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil and St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu (equipment failure at the Bas-Richelieu Inter-municipal waterworks Board AIBR), Sainte-Sophie-d'Halifax (adverse test results), Saint-Séverin (no reason given), and for the Depanneur and Restaurant Chez Méo in Saint Séverin.

In British Columbia 4 new advisories were issued: Howe Sound Pulp & Paper (treatment malfunction) in Port Mellon, Bulkley Valley Cross Country Ski Lodge (water system has no permit and many issues) in Smithers, Owl's Creek Trailer Park (equipment failure) in Sicamous, and Seton House of Prayer (equipment failure) in Kelowna. In Newfoundland Labrador, 4 advisories were issued in Carmanville (maintenance/repairs), Centreville-Wareham-Trinity (maintenance/repairs), Happy Valley-Goose Bay (maintenance/repairs), Corner Brook (portion, maintenance/repairs). In Saskatchewan 1 advisory was issued in Unity (portion, line break) and 3 were removed in Frenchman Butte, Manor, and for the Northern Meadow Golf Club in Goodsoil. There is 1 new advisory in Manitoba for the Turtle Tide Water Slides & Resort (no reason given) in Alexander and 1 advisory was lifted in Lake William (issued in 2013).

2015/6/18
Daily BWA Report


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2015/4/24 - This advisory is now lifted

11 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 8 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


In Saskatchewan, there are 7 new water advisories: Cochin (power outage/depressurization), Danielson Provincial Park (possible reservoir contamination), Interlake Water Board (power outage/depressurition), Jackfish Lake (power outage/depressurization), Kerrobert (portion, hydrant repair), Meota (power outage/depressurization), Prud'Homme (planned system maintenance); 4 advisories were removed in Leoville, Rosthern, and for the A Plan B Bed & Breakfast in Pierceland, and Collins Camps & Outfitting in Besnard Lake.

In British Columbia 1 advisory was removed for the Harrison Higlands Water System in Aassiz. In Québec, 2 new advisories were issued in Nicolet (partial, watermain break), and for La Bellefeuilloise 2 (no reason given) in Saint -Jérôme. There is 1 new advisory in New Brunswick for the Brown & Currie Estates (watermain break) in Waasis ; 1 advisory was lifted in the Village of McAdams. In Newfoundland Labrador, 1 advisory was issued in St Lewis (total coliforms) and 1 removed in Corner Brook. InOntario, 1 advisory was removed in St Isidore.

2015/6/17
Daily BWA Report


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11 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 3 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


In Saskatchewan, there are 4 new water advisories, one in Battleford (portion, street repairs), the other three in remote hunting/fishing camps: Holt Lake Lodge (E.coli) near Buffalo Narrows, Paull River Wilderness Camp (total coliforms) north of La Ronge, Thompson's Camps (E.coli) on Dead Lake.

3 new advisories were issued in British Columbia in North Cowichan for the Chemainus Water System (unaccepable turbidity), in Burton (turbidity) and Savona (re-issued, turbidity); 1 advisory was removed for the Cherryville Estates. In Quebec, 2 new advisories were issued for non-municipal water systems: Camp Wilvaken (no reason given) in Magog, and Résidences Dunham (no reason given). There is 1 new advisory in Ontario for Killarney Provincial Park (Do not drink, depressurization of system); 1 advisory was removed for the Curling Club in Woodville. New Brunswick issued a BWA for Saint John (water main break/depressurization). In Newfoundland Labrador, 1 advisory was removed in Main Brook.

2015/6/16
Daily BWA Report


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11 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 2 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


In Saskatchewan, there are 4 new water advisories, in for the Crystal Lake Lodge on Cree Lake (downgraded from EBWO (2008) to PDWA, total coliforms), the Eye Hill Creek Outfitters Well in Marsden (E.coli), in Goodsoil (portion, planned system maintenance), Meadow Lake (portion, watermain repair) and for the Missi Lake Lodge (total coliforms); 1 advisory was removed for the Pioneer Village in Regina.

There are 2 new water advisories in small drinking water systems in Québec: Camping Panoramique in Portneuf (no reason given), Camping camp Accueil (do not consume, no reason given) in Ferland-et-Boileau; 1 advisory was removed in Joliette.

1 new boil water advisory was issued in Manitoba for the Children of the Universe Learning Centre (no reason given) in Ste Anne. There is also 1 new boil water advisory in Nunavut for Igloolik (frozen reservoir) and 1 in Québec in St Isidore.

2015/6/12
BWA of the day


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FLUSHING WATER LINES ONE TOWN AT A TIME, NL


On May 26, a boil water advisory was issued for Brigus, Cupids and South River in Newfounland Labrador; all three towns are connected by a common water system located in Brigus. While the advisory in Brigus was removed on June 4, both Cupids and South River are still under advisory. We wanted to find out why.

We first reached Allisha Ke, the assistant town clerk in Brigus who confirmed that the BWA in their town had indeed been lifted.

"We do supply water to both Cupids and South River but I don't know why the advisory is still in effect there. You'll have to call their town offices," she says.

When we reached Jonathan Moore at the South River town office he said "we are awaiting the notification from the Health Department to remove the advisory. It's a precautionary advisory due to routine line flushing." Moore did not know how many people were affected in South River as many are served by private wells.

In Cupids, town clerk Ivy King explained that the lines were first flushed in Brigus, then in Cupids and finally in South River which is why the advisories wer still in effect in the latter two towns.

"We're waiting for the government to take the samples before we remove the advisory," she said. "It affects about half of our population of 750. We advise them with posters around town and I have a list of our resident emails and I sent them all an email." According to Ivy, many residents always drink bottled water in Cupids.

Brigus (pop. 794) is a small fishing community located in Conception Bay, Cupids is about 5 km away; it is the oldest continuously settled official British colony in Canada and the second oldest in North America (the first is Jamestown, Virginia). South River is 8.3 km west of Brigus, it had a population of 655 in the 2011 census.

2015/6/12
Daily BWA Report


13 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 11 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA - First Blue-green Algae advisory of the summer in Alberta.


Alberta Health Services issued its first Blue-green algae (cyanobaceria) of the summer on JUne 11 for Eagle Lake in the Calgary area. Last year Alberta had over 35 cyanobacterias alerts across the province. In Saskatchewan, there are 6 new water advisories in Crossmount (new service start-up), Dore Lake (power outage), Manor (E.coli), Regina Pioneer Village (line break/depressurization), Rosthern (line break) and Storthoaks RM 31 (E.coli); 6 advisories were removed: Birch Hills, Elstow, Greenwater Prov. Park, Archerwill, Bankend and Outlook.

There are 3 new water advisories in Québec: Joliette (municip. no reason given), Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover lifted and re-issued (adverse test results) and for the Club de Golf New Glascow in Sainte-Sophie.

2 new boil water advisories were issued in Newfoundland Labrador in Lower Chance Cove (low chlorine residual)and Hodges Cove (maintenance/repairs); 1 advisory was removed in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. In British Columbia 2 new advisories were issued in Moyie Shores Estates (source water contamination), and for the Scotch Creek/Lee Creek Volunteer Fire Department (Source water contamination) in Chase. ; 1 advisory was removed in Algergrove Regional Park. 2 advisories were lifted in Manitoba for the Matheson Island School, and the Southside Estates Trailer Court (no reason given) in Ile Des Chenes. The 35-day advisory in Yellowknife is now lifted.

2015/6/11
Daily BWA Report


17 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 20 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


In Nova Scotia there are 9 new water advisories in Public Individual Water Systems, no reasons were given for any of these: Mersey River Chalets in Maitland Bridge, Marconi Campus in Grand Lake Road, Bev's Country Diner in Upper Stewiacke, Gulf Shore Camping in Gulf Shore, Enfield Estates in Enfield, Smiley's Provincial Park in McKay Section, Bay Vista in Barrington Passage, Bras D'Or Lakes Campground in Baddeck, Cabot Shores/Indian Brook Adventures in Indian Brook; 11 advisories were removed: Sunny Vale Estate in Victoria Vale, Camp Evangeline wells 1 and 2 in Debert, Grandview Golf and Country Club in East Preston, East St. Margarets School in Indian Harbour, Barkhouse Trailer Park in Ellershouse, Hope's Trailer Park in Falmouth, Tay Do Palace Restaurant in Kingston, Frito Lay Canada in New Minas, Shatford's By the Sea in Fox Point, The Bite House Restaurant in Baddeck and Lake Breeze in Darlings Lake.

There are 4 new water advisories in British Columbia: Aldergrove Lake Regional Park (updated-equipment malfunction), Fun Farm (equipment malfunction) in Maple Ridge, Harrison Highlands (Unacceptable levels of microbiological contamination) in Agassiz, Blanket Creek Provincial Park in Revelstoke (no reason given); no advisories were removed.

2 new boil water advisories were issued in Newfoundland Labrador in Harry's Harbour (untreated water was introduced into the system) and St Shott's (low chlorine residual). In Saskatchewan 2 new advisories were issued in Meadow Lake (valve replacement) and Suffurn Lake Regional Park (start-up of new treatment system); 4 advisories were removed in Dore Lake, Graswood, Hanley and Meadow Lake (portion). In Québec, 2 advisories wee lifted in Aylmer and Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover. 3 advisories were removed in Ontario in Foleyet, Gogama and part of Cobourg. manitoba removed 1 advisory issued in 2005 for the Austin Christian Academy.

2015/6/10
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Aylmer advisory lifted - 6/11/15;

7,000 AYLMER RESIDENTS AWAIT RESULTS OF 2ND WATER TESTS TO DRINK THEIR TAP WATER, QC


On June 8, the municipality of Gatineau issued a regulatory boil water advisory for a portion of its Aylmer sector (See Map) affecting some 7,000 residents. According to a city spokesperson "traces of bacteria, 6 units per 100 millilitres, were detected during routine maintenance work on the McConnell reservoir".

In Québec as in most provinces in Canada, an advisory can only be lifted once two consecutive water tests come back clear. The municipality has already received negative results on the first samples and as soon as the second ones come back negative, the advisory will be lifted.

2015/6/10
Daily BWA Report


9 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 0 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 5 new water advisories in Saskatchewan: Frenchman Butte (partial, service line installation), La Loche (unplanned power outage), Little Loon Lake Regional Park (power outage), Medstead (power outage), Plenty (water main depressurization); no advisories were removed.

2 new boil water advisories were issued in Newfoundland Labrador in McCallum (total coliforms) and Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Partial, maintenance/repairs. In Québec, 1 advisory was issued for the Camping au Fil du Fleuve(do not consume, no reason given) in Beaumont. In Ontario, there is 1 new advisory in Dryden (portion, maintenance/repairs).

2015/6/9
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16 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 13 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 8 new water advisories in Saskatchewan: Archerwill (turbidity), Elstow (system depressurization), Leoville (portion, planned maintenance), Outlook (system depressurization), and for the Canadian Wilderness Camp (coliform), Haskins Bay Fly-in (coliform), Kississing Camps on Phelan Lake (E.coli) and Slims Cabins on Kipahigan Lake (coliform); 5 advisories were removed: Beauval, Indian Head, Little Loon Regional Park,

3 new boil water advisories were issued in Newfoundland Labrador in Daniel's Harbour (maintenance/repairs), Hawkes Bay (Maintenance/repairs)and Keels (low chlorine residual); 3 advisories were removed in Benton, Natuashish and Placentia. In Québec, 2 advisories were issued one in Aylmer (bacteria detected in system), the other for Forêt Montmorency in Lac Jacques-Cartier(no reason given); 3 advisories were rescinded for the Base de plein air Les Goélands in Port-Cartier, the Relais 4 Saisons in Noyan and the Domaine Iles Enchantées in Acton Vale.
In Ontario, there are 2 new advisories, in Cobourg (partial, no reason given) and Foleyet (loss of pressure); 1 advisory was lifted in Rockland. In BC, 2 new advisories were issued for the Akiskinook Resort in Windermere (Line break) and Sage Mesa Water (inadequate disinfection / treatment) in Penticton; 1 advisory was removed in Revelstoke. Manitoba lifted 1 advisory in St Claude.

2015/6/6
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10 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 23 TODAY REMOVED IN CANADA


There are 4 new water advisories in Québec in Portneuf (Saint-Louis system, no reason given), Sainte-Agathe-de-Lotbinière (Chutes Sainte-Agathe system, do not consume, no reason given), Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover (adverse test results), Saint-Georges (Maison des Papillons, do not consume, no reason given); 7 advisories were removed: Henryville, Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville, Saint-Canut, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint Sébastien, Trois-Rivières - Cap-de-la-Madeleine sector, Venise-en-Québec.

3 new boil water advisories were issued in BC in Revelstoke (equipment malfunction) and for the Tolko Industries (inadequate treatment) in Heffley Creek and the Sunoka Provincial Park Water System in Summerland (no reason given). In Saskatchewan, there is 1 new advisory in Grasswood (depressurization) and 11 advisories were removed in Cole Bay, Jans Bay, Little Loon, Loreburn, Meadow Lake, Meadow Lake Prov. Park (Greig Lake/Kimball Lake/Murray Doell Campground/Sandy Beach Campground), Paddockwood, Pelly, Sled Lake, Spiritwood and the Twenty-four Seven Travel Centre in Dafoe. In Manitoba, 4 advisories were removed in Letellier, Rapid City and for the Rock Garden Campground (issued 6/2014) in Richer and the Variety Camp Brereton (issued 6/2011) in Whiteshell Provincial Park. In New Brunswick, 1 new advisory was re-issued in McAdam (low pressure) and 1 advisory for the City of Saint John - East (Champlain Heights) was lifted. In Ontario, 1 precautionary BWA was issued for Du Chateau Street in Rockland.

2015/6/4
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7 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 7 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 3 new water advisories in Québec: Brownsburg-Chatham (no reason given), Saint-Canut(water main repair), Saint-Hyacinthe (portion, no reason given). There are also 3 new boil water advisories in Saskatchewan: Birch Hills, Indian Lake and Middle Lake, all three are due to water main breaks; 2 advisories were removed in Allan and Murray Point Campground . In British Columbia, 2 new advisories were issued: Fairmont Hot Springs (turbdity) and Silver Star Mountain (inadequate treatment/disinfection); the advisory for the Rock Bottom water system was lifted. In Newfoundland, 2 advisories were removed in Nain and Brigus. In Manitoba, 2 advisories were lifted for the Whitemouth River Campground in Hadashville and the Tim Horton Whiteshell Camp in Pinawa.

2015/6/3
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3 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 0 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 2 new boil water advisories In Newfoundland: Burin + Lewin's Cove (maintenance or repairs), Keels (low chlorine residual). In British Columbia 1 new advisory was issued for the Jones Lake Cabins (equipment malfunction) in Yale.

2015/6/2
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27 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 13 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


In Saskatchewan, there are 17 new boil water advisories: Allan (portion, line break), Good Spirit Provincial Park (high turbidity), Greenwater Provincial Park (planned system maintenance), Loreburn (line break), Meadow Lake (depressurization) and for the Northern Meadow Golf Club (new reservoir commissioning) in Goodsoil; advisories were also issued in Cole Bay, Dore Lake, Jans Bay, Little Loon Lake Regional Park, Little Loon, Makwa, Medstead, Meadow Lake Prov. Park Campgrounds, Sled Lake, St Georges Hill, Turnor Lake, all were caused by a power outage and subsequent loss of pressure; 10 advisories were removed in Saskatchwean: Alvena, Blaine Lake, Clearwater Lake Regional Park, Colonsay, Crystal Lake, Carlyle Lions Club Campground, Eastend, Leoville and Sandy Bay.

In Manitoba, 4 new advisories were issued: Eden, Rapid City, Villages of Letellier and St Claude, and Clearwater, all are public water systems no reasons was given for any; 1 advisory was removed for the Nutimik Lake Campground in Whiteshell Provincial Park.

There are 4 new advisories in BC: Smithers Trailer Court (turbidity), Creston Dyking (turbidity), the Bethel Chapel Church (equipment failure) in 100 Mile House and Thompson River Estates (source water contamination) in Savona; 1 advisory was removed in Boston Bar for the Langner Water System. In Québec, there is 1 new advisory for L'Oie blanche sur Mer (no reason given) in L'Islet. New Brusnwick lifted 1 advisory in the Village of McAdam.

2015/5/30
BWA of the day


BACTERIA IN DRINKING WATER PUTS 4,000 UNDER BWA TROIS-RIVIERES, QC


Update- 2105/6/1 - BWA Lifted - The municipality of Trois-Rivières issued a Boil Water Advisory late Friday afternoon after bacteria was found in some water samples; the advisory affects the Cap-de-la-Madeleine sector as well as the area bordered by the Saint-Maurice River and De Grandmont Street, and Saint-Laurent Blvd and Brunelle Street.

Residents and businesses in the defined area are asked to use boil their tap water or use bottled water for drinking, preparing food and brushing teeth.

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2015/5/29
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WATER OPERATOR IN PLACE, BWA LIFTED AFTER 14 YEARS, NL


On May 27, a boil water advisory in Phillips Head, Newfoundland Labrador was removed; it had been issued 14-years ago when total coliforms were detected in the drinking water system. Good news being hard to come by, we went looking for more information. One would be hard put however to reach anyone in the town office of Phillips Head (pop. 168). Lisa Hart, town administrator of the nearby village of Northern Arm gave it a go. "It's a very small community, not far from us," she said as she attempted to find a town office number in the local telephone book, to no avail.

It wasn't until a call was put into Newfoundland's Department of Environment and Conservation and we spoke with Senior Environmental Scientist Rob Holloway, that we got any answers.

"Up until the middle of 2014, there had been no operator in place since 2006. Back then, inconsistent bacteriological results and fluctuating chlorine levels were being recorded, so the EHO put a BWA in place. In 2014, with an operator maintaining the system, and monitoring the chlorine residuals, sampling was started up again approximately a year ago. Sample results continued to be inconsistent over the last number of months, but now two consecutive sets of samples have been satisfactory, which resulted in the BWA being removed. Particular attention will be paid to this system over the next months to ensure that the operator is monitoring the residuals effectively," said the Manager of Environmental Health, in an email forwarded to Water Today by Holloday.

According to Holloway, the decision to remove the BWA after two consecutive clean water tests, was jointly taken by Jim Follet of the Newfoundland Operator Education, Training and Certification (OETC) Program and Environmental Health Officer Susan Folks, the person involved in the collection of samples and the issuing and lifting of BWAs in Phillips Head.

Phillips Head, is located in north-central Newfoundland in the Bay of Exploits, 14.5 km from Northern Arm and 80km from Grand Fall - Windsor. The remains of an old WWII gun battery and shelter, as well as an old watch tower and fuel tank can be found within the commnutity.

The artillery station constructed at Phillips Head was elaborate in scope. It boasted a three-story lookout tower and a 700-foot underground passage that connected 11 rooms filled with ammunition, secret documents and supplies. The entire station was surrounded by barbed wire fencing and fitted with drain pipes intended to flood the facility in the event of enemy invasion. Booby traps were also set up along the underground passage and two hidden escape hatches were installed. (Wikipedia)

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11 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 20 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


In British Columbia, there are 3 new boil water advisories: Mayne Island - Ambulance Station (equipment malfunction), Christina Lake - Cascade Cove Campground (source water contamination), McLure - Pinegrove Campground (repairs/maintenance), and 3 new Water Quality Advisories in Fernie (turbidity), Savona (turbidity) and Walhachin (turbidity). 2 new advisories were issued in Saskatchewan: Allan Rural Line (portion, depressurization), Swift Current (portion, line break/depressurization); 7 BWAs were removed: Grandview Beach, La Loche Poplar Beach, Lafleche, Palliser Regional Park, Pasqua, St Brieux and Warman.

In Newfoundland Labrador, 6 advisories were removed: Colliers, Corner Brook (portion), Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Mount Moriah, Pilley's Island and Red Harbour. 1 new advisory was issued in New Brunswick: Village of McAdam (power outage). In Ontario, 1 new advisory was issued for portions of Dryden (repairs to distribution system); 1 advisory was removed in Cobourg. In Québec, 1 new advisory was issued for the Camping Plage Paris (no reason given) in Sainte-Sophie-de-Levrard; 3 advisories were removed: Nicolet, Lejeune and Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. Manitoba removed three BWAs in Pinawa, Deloraine and the Pioneer Bay Resort in Pinawa.

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11 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 4 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


In Québec, there are 6 new advisories: Henryville, Venise-en-Québec, Saint Georges-de-Clarenceville, Saint-Sébastien (inter-municipal system, power outage at treatment plant); the Promenades Hudson (no reason given) in Les Coteaux, and the Restaurant Chez Belle in Saint-Edouard (re-issued, no reason given).



There are 2 new advisories in Newfoundland Labrador: Placentia (total coliforms ) Brigus (maintenance or repairs); 1 advisory lifted in Old Pelican. One new advisory was issued in New Brunswick: Saint John - Champlain Heights (major water main break); two were removed in St Hilaire, Moncton - Lakeside Estates. 2 new advisories were issued in Saskatchewan: Leoville (line break repair), Murray Point Campground (North Campground only, water main break) and 1 removed in Greenwater Provincial Park.

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5 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 4 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 3 new advisories in Saskatchewan: Blaine Lake (portion, service connection installation), Eastend (portion, service connection installation), Pelly (system depressurization); 2 advisories were removed: Pelican Point, West Chatfield Beach.

1 new advisory was issued in Newfoundland Labrador: Happy Valley-Goose Bay (portion, maintenance or repairs); one (1) 14-year old advisory was removed in Phillip's Head. Québec issued 1 advisory for the Relais des Pins Restaurant in Sainte-Famille; 1 advisory was removed in BC: Cranbrook - Leduc Water System.

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SPRING RUNOFF LEADS TO WATER QUALITY ADVISORY, BC


The Village of Ashcroft in Thompson County, BC lies at the confluence of the Bonaparte and Thompson Rivers. On May 25, a Water Quality Advisory was issued for the Ashcroft community water system. "This is not a Boil Water Advisory," says the town's CAO, Michelle Allen. "Recent tests indicate that the water quality is FAIR due to increased turbidity or cloudiness. It happens at this time of year with the spring run-off from the river."

A Water Quality Advisory is a precautionary measure intended to protect at-risk populations such as newborns, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

"Right now are water treatment consists of chlorination," says Allen. "We've applied for provincial funding to upgrade the system with filtration and UV protection, which would solve this annual turbidity issue, but we have not heard back yet."

Ashcroft (pop. 1,628) was founded in the 1860s, during the Cariboo Gold Rush, by two English brothers. It has an arid climate. The Ashcroft area is the driest place in Canada outside of the high arctic, and the only truly arid place in Canada. Ashcroft also has one of the hottest summers in Canada, with a July average daily maximum temperature near 30 degrees C.

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14 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 14 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 6 new advisories in Saskatchewan: Beauval (elevated turbidity), North Portal (distribution pump failure), Paddockwood (elevated turbidity), Rosthern (fire hydrant replacement), St Brieux (portion, valve replacement), Warman (portion, watermain repair); 7 advisories were removed: Kerrobert, La Ronge, Meath Park, Minowukaw Campground, Nickle Lake Regional Park, Rowans Ravine Provincial Park, Suffern Lake Regional Park.

4 new advisories were issued in BC: Boston Bar - Langner Water System (equipment malfunction), Panorama - Corix Water System (turbidity), Ascroft (turbidity), Barriere - Chinook Cove Golf Course (equipemnt failure); 1 advisory was removed for the Meadow Wood water System in Gabriola Island.

In Manitoba, 2 new advisories were issued in Pinawa for the Pioneer Bay Resort (no reason given) and Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell (no reason given); 1 advisory was removed in Altona. Québec re-issued 1 seasonal advisory for the Motel Gaspé in the town of the same name; 1 small system advisory was also lifted in Gaspé for the Chez Ron Restaurant; a precautionary advisory was removed for Nominingue.

In New Brunswick, 1 advisory was removed in St Margarets and 1 new one issued for the Lakeside Es tates (power outage) in Moncton. 3 advisories were lifted in Newfoundland Labrador: Daniel's Harbour, Portland Creek, Raleigh. In Ontario, there is 1 new precautionary advisory for parts of Cobourg.

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10 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 5 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 4 new advisories in Nova Scotia for individual public systems: Baddeck - The Bite House Restaurant (no reason given), Indian Harbour - St Margarets School (no reason given), Victoria Vale - Sunny Vale Estate (no reason given); 2 advisories were lifted: Scots Bay - The Haze Restaurant and Tanallon Elementary School.

2 new advisories were issued in Newfoundland Labrador: Nain (total coliforms), St Pauls (planned system maintenance). In BC, 2 new advisories were issued: Clearwater - Wells Gray Golf & RV Resort (inadequate treatment/disinfection), Powell River - Brew Bay Improvement District (water treatment failure or malfunction). Québec issued 1 new advisory for Ski Morin Heights (no reason given). There is 1 advisory in Saskatchewan for Camp Monahan (seasonal start-up) in Fort Qu'Appelle; 3 advisories were removed in Outlook, Togo, Waldeck.

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NEW RESERVOIR MISHAP TRIGGERS BWA, MB


In their enthusiasm to equip the upgraded treatment plant in Deloraine with a new reservoir, workers punctured pipes leading from the existing reservoir twice.

"The crew was setting up the area to connect the outside reservoir with the holding tank within the treatment plant, when they accidentally punctured perfectly good pipes," says town CAO, Debbie." That problem is now fixed and we are in the process of disinfecting the system before we send tests to the lab."

According to Debbie, Deloraine (pop. 1,000) residents were advised to either boil their tap water or use bottled water. "We shut off the filling station because of this advisory but rural people can draw from the truck filling station if they need to."

Deloraine is situated near the Turtle Mountains in the southwestern corner of Manitoba. T?ourism is a big part of the town's economy. Artifacts from the Paleo Indians, dating back over 10,000 years ago, have been found in the area.

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2015/5/21
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5 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 3 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 3 new advisories in Saskatchewan: Alvena (treatment plant maintenance), Lafleche (fire hydrant replacement), and the WaCasa RV Park (seasonal start-up) in Wakaw Lake. In Newfoundland-Labrador, 1 new advisory was issued: Colliers (low chlorine residual); 1 advisory was removed in Milltown-Head of Baie d'Espoir. Manitoba issued 1 new advisory in Altona (no reason given). Ontario Parks removed 2 advisories, Fairbanks and Silent Lake Provincial Parks.

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16 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 12 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 5 new advisories in Saskatchewan: La Ronge (portion, fire hydrant repair), Regina Beach (water main break), Sandy Bay (system depressurization), Saskatoon East Treated Pipeline (new connection), Waldeck (system depressurization); 6 were removed: Candle Lake Golf & RV park, Kimball Lake, Greig Lake, Murray Doell and Sandy Beach campgrounds in Meadow Lake Provincial Park, and Pike Lake Provincial Park. In Newfoundland-Labrador, 2 new advisories were issued: Natuashish (maintenance or repairs), Red Harbour (low chlorine residual); 1 advisory was removed in Steady Brook. Manitoba issued 1 new advisory in Deloraine; 1 was removed in Elkhorn for the town school.

In Québec, there is 1 new advisory in Nicolet (portion, water main break); 4 seasonal advisories were also re-listed in non-municipal systems: Camping Belval in Saint-Malachie, Camping Lac Trousers (artesian well #1) in Bolton Est, Maison du Homard in Port-Daniel-Gascons, Le Saint-Tropez in Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu.

In Nova Scotia, 3 public individual water supplies were put under BWA: Grandview Golf and Country Club in East Preston, Frito Lay Canada in New Minas and Down North Cook House in South Harbour; 4 advisories were rescinded for the Royal Canadian Legion in Clementsport, the Anchorage House and Cottages, in Hubbards, the Kennetcook Pizza & Variety, and the Cheticamp Outfitters in Point Cross.

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3 WATER SHORTAGE ADVISORIES ISSUED IN ALBERTA PARKS


Alberta Parks has issued potable water shortages in the following Provincial Parks: Little Bow, Park Lake and Wyndham Carseland. Visitors are requested to conserve water and encouraged to bring a back-up supply of drinking water and arrive with full water tanks.

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7 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 18 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There is 1 new advisory in Saskatchewan: Colonsay (portion, planned system maintenance); 16 advisories were lifted in Saskatchewan: Eight Mile Rural Pipeline, Elstow Rural Pipeline ,Gravelbourg, Jansen, Lac Pelletier Regional Park, Leoville, Little Loon Regional Park, Makwa Lake Provincial Park, Marengo, Parkview, Prince Albert Rural Pipeline, Sandy Bay, Thomson Lake Regional Park, Turnor Lake, Wakaw Lake Regional Park, Young. In Québec, there is 1 new advisory in Lejeune (no reason given); 5 seasonal advisories were re-listed in non-municipal systems: Acton Vale -Domaine Îles Enchantées, Notre-Dame-de-Montauban - Camping La Mine D'Or, Sainte-Clothilde - Pataterie D.C., Venise-en-Québec - Domaine Florent, Waterloo - non-municipal system X2027673 (no name or details given). 1 advisory was lifted for the Community Hall in Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu. In BC, 1 advisory was lifted in Lake Cowichan.. In Manitoba, 1 new advisory was issued for the Erinview Campground (no reason given) in Teulon; 1 advisory was lifted for the Otter Falls Camground in Whiteshell Provincial Park.

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The precautionary advisory in Wadena (potassium permanganate spill) has just been lifted. There are 2 new advisories in Saskatchewan: Kerrobert (portion, watermain maintenance), Meath Park (portion, water main repair); 4 advisories were lifted in Saskatchewan: Birch Hills, Conquest,Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park and Moosomin Regional Park, Wadena. In Québec, 3 advisories were re-listed in non-municipal systems: Saint-Edouard-de-Fabre - Halte du Lac Témicamingue, and Saint Roch-des Aulnaies - Aqueduc Fontaine (BWA) and Aqueduc Nord-Ouest (Do Not Consume). 1 preventive advisory was lifted for a portion of Rouyn-Noranda. There is 1 new advisory in BC for the Copper Cove Properties (source water contamination) in Celista. In Manitoba, 1 new advisory was issued for the Erinview Campground (no reason given) in Teulon; 1 advisory was lifted for the Otter Falls Camground in Whiteshell Provincial Park.

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12 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 7 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 4 new advisories in Saskatchewan: Grayson (inadequate treatment system), La Ronge (portion, service connection), La Loche - Poplar Point Subdivision (Reservoir connection), and Prudhomme (portion, service connection); 4 advisories were lifted in Saskatchewan: Crooked Lake Provincial Park, Dufferin, Odessa, and the Wascana Water Cooperative.

In Newfoundland Labrador, 3 advisories were issued, all of them for low chlorine residual: Benton, Gambo and Raleigh; and 2 advisories have been lifted: Wabush and Norris Point. In Québec, 3 new advisories were issued: Rouyn-Noranda - portion (preventive, repair work on distribution system), Saint-Michel-du-Squatec (no reason given), and Danville - Camping Mont-Scotch Hill (no reason given, re-listed, initially issued on 2011/9/12). There is 1 new precautionary advisory in BC for the Delcliffe waterworks in Vernon. In Ontario, 1 new advisory was issued for the Doran Bay Resort in Iroquois; 1 advisory was lifted for a portion of Cobourg.

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A Do Not Drink advisory was issued late today for the Prince Albert Rural (north of Township Road to Spruce Home, only), due to the possible contamination of the source water during a recent break-in at one of the pump houses.

There are 3 new advisories in Saskatchewan: Marengo (system depressurization), Cochin (seasonal start-up, effective 2015/5/14), Togo (Planned system maintenance, effective 2015/5/14).

5 advisories were lifted in Saskatchewan: 4 advisories issued after last July's flooding have been removed in Gainsborough, they include the Community Hall well, the Happy Hours Club Well, the Rink Well and the Allen Henserson Well; the rural municipality of Stortoaks well has also been delisted.

In Manitoba, 2 advisories have been lifted: Oak Lake Daycare and Balsam Harbour.

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19 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 16 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


There are 14 new advisories in Saskatchewan: Birch Hills (equipment failure), Conquest (system depressurization), Gravelbourg (water main break), Jansen (planned system maintenance), Naicam (system depressurization), Odessa (line break), Spiritwood (line break), and Wadena (potassium permanganate contamination); 6 advisories were issued due to the start-up of seasonal waterworks: Nickle Regional Park, Palliser Regional Park, Pike Lake Provincial Park, Poplar Beach Campground and Wakaw Regional Park.

10 advisories were lifted in Saskatchewan: Edenwold, Frenchman Butte, Hitchcock, La Ronge; Battleford, Cypress Hills, Danielson, Douglas and Moose Mountain Provincial Parks; and the Davidson Golf & Country Club.
In Newfoundland Labrador there are 2 new boil water advisories: Steady Brook (no free chlorine residual) and a portion of Millertown (no free chlorine residual). 2 advisories were lifted: Pilley's Island, Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

In Ontario, 2 precautionary advisories issued on May 8 for a portion of Cobourg and the Lougheed Trailer Home Park were rescinded. A new precautionary advisory was issued for different portion of Cobourg (no reason given). In Québec, the advisory in Saint-Isidore was lifted. There are two new advisories in BC: in Meziadin Lake for the Bell 2 Lodge (bacteria contamination) and in Egmont for the Skookumchuck Bakery and Cafe (treatment malfunction issued in July 2014, published in May 2015). In New Brunswick 1 advisory was removed in Saint-Louis-de-Kent.

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DO NOT DRINK DOWNGRADED TO BOIL WATER IN WADENA, SK


On Monday, May 10, the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency issued a Do not Drink advisory for Wadena after a potassium permanganate spill caused elevated levels of the treatment chemical to be distributed throughout the system. Residents were advised not to drink, cook or wash with the town's tap water; they were also told not to treat it or boil it.

When we reached town Administrator Kelly Dodd on Monday afternoon, she said the advisory had just been downgraded to a boil water advisory. " We are not sure yet what caused the incident but the system has been flushed and the levels have decreased and we have sent new water samples to the lab in Regina." Having said this, Kelly declined to give further details and advised us to call the communications spokesperson. We did. There was no answer.

Wadena (pop. 1306) is located east of Saskatoon and north of Fort Qu'Appelle on the eastern shore of the Quill Lakes, Canada's largest salt lakes. The town is famous for its birdwatching opportunities due the million of birds that visit annually.

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30 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 10 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


In Ontario, there are 3 new advisories in Saint-Isidore, a portion of Cobourg and the Lougheed Trailer Home Park in Cobourg. Ontario Parks has re-issued its provincial parks water reports as most of them are or will be open for the summer season shortly; all of the advisories are dated May, 8, 2015 on our maps but the majority of the advisoires have been in place for several years in the same parks. There are 19 BWAs in all; they include Aaron, Biscotasi Lake, Esker Lakes, Finlayson Lake, Fairbank, Fushimi Lake, Ivanhoe, Kawartha Highlands, Lake Superior, Massassauga, Missinabi, Mississagi, Nagagamisis, Oastler, Rene Brunelle, Quetico, Silent Lake, Wakami and White Lake. There are 2 Do Not Consume advisories, in MacLeod and Sioux Narrows provincial parks.


Saskatchewan issued seasonal start-up boil water advisories for Greig Lake, Murray Doell, Sandy Beach and Kimball Lake Campgrounds in Meadow Lake Provincial Park. The Saskatoon Regional Health Authority issued an Emergency Boil Water Order for the Twenty-four Seven Travel Centre well in Dafoe due to the presence of E.coli in the system. The advisory affects Sam's Steakhouse, the Twenty-Four Seven Food Counter and the Twenty-Four Seven Inn. Advisories were removed in Frenchman Butte, Buffalo Pound Prov. Park, Rosthern, Spiritwood, and Biggar for the Golf Club.

There are 2 new advisories in Newfounland Labrador in Brighton ( maintenance or repairs) and Wabush (maintenance or repairs); the advisory for a portion of Corner Brook is lifted. Quebec issued a new advisory in Saint-Urbain and lifted 4 in Saint-Flavien, Laurier-Station, and Gatineau's Buckingham sector; the advisory for the scout camp Le Nid in Entrelacs was also lifted. The municipalily of Shawinigan issued a prevenitve BWA due a major water main break for the sectors of Grand-Mère East, Saint-George-de-Champlain and Lac-à-la-Tortue.

A boil water advisory ws issued in BC for Lake Cowichan due to elevated turbidity.

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6 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED 5 REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Saskatchewan issued 3 new boil water advisories in Edenwold (power outage), Wascana Co-op in Regina (degradation of source water quality) and Pike Lake Provincial Park (seasonal start-up); the advisory was removed in Kinistino. In Nova Scotia 3 new advisories were issued for Public Individual Water Systems for the Pizza Variety in Kennetcook, for the Haze Restaurant in Scots Bay and the Cheticamp Outfitters in Point Cross; advisories were removed for the Tasty Treat Drive-in Sidney River, Vollmers Island Paradise in Janvrin Harbour and Gasperau Vineyards; no reasons were given for any of these BWAs.

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31 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED IN CANADA - Week of April 25 - May 1


Over the past week, 31 boil water advisories were issued across Canada. Saskatchewan leads the way with 18 advisories, 7 of which were precautionary and affected smaller communities; these include Candle Lake Utilities (water main break), Village of Lang (fire hydrant repair), Mossbank (water main repair), Semans (depressurization of system), Sunset Estates Mobile Park in Saskatoon (depressurization due to repairs) and Young (depressurization).

At this time of year, Saskatchewan also issues advisories related to the seasonal start-up of waterworks in provincial and regional parks, as well as campgrounds. 11 new advisories are now in effect in Attons Lake Regional Park, Biggar Golf Club, Blackstrap Provincial Park, Douglas Provincial Park, Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Lake Pelletier Regional Park, Little Loon Regional Park, Murray Point Campground in Prince Albert National Park, Minowukaw and Sandy Bay Campgrounds in Candle Lake Provincial Park, Moosomin Regional Park and Sherwood Forest Country Club.

There were 4 boil water advisories issued in Newfoundland Labrador in Forteau (mainenance/repairs), Milltown-Head of Bay D'Espoir (disinfection system off) Stpehenville Crossing (disinfection system off). A 15-year old BWA was also lifted in Clarke's Beach. In British Columbia, a water quality advisory was issued for Kimberley (turbidity). In Vernon, a boil water advisory which is expected to last 4-5 weeks was issued by the Okenagan First Nation Band for users of Six Mile Creek and Bradley Creek (no reason given).

In Manitoba, 1 new advisory was issued, in Ilford (no reason given). There was 1 new advisory in Ontario for Thorne (routine miantenance) which was lifted today, 2015/5/1. In Québec, 1 boil water advisory was issued for the municipal system of Thurso (water treatment interrruption) and 3 advisories for non-municipal seasonal systems, which had been taken off the list during the winter, were re-published; these are L'Épiphanie Golf Club (8/29/14), Relais 4 Saisons in Noyan (5/30/2013), and Club de Golf Héritage in Notre-Dame-de la-Paix (8/17/2103).

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HOOK-UP TO NORTH HATLEY LEADS TO BWA FOR HATLEY ACRES, QC

The municipality of North Hatley has been under boil water advisory since 2003 and will remain so until its water system meets the requirements of the Québec Drinking Water Regulations.

Work on a new water treatment plant, which was started in November 2014, is expected to be completed any time now and the new plant up and running as soon as final testing confirms that the water meets the province's water norms.

Whent the water system servicing Hatley Acres, a small neighbouring community of 190 people, was connected to North Hatley's water distribution system last February, the town automatically issued a boil water advisory until the new plant is launched. (It however did not advise the province's Ministry of Environment untl April 27).

North Hatley's water source is Lake Massawippi which has been battling blue-reen algae growth for many years. As no alternate groundwater supply was availabe due to the clay nature of the area's soil, officials opted for the new water treatment plant, improvements to the lake water intake, as well as a new high-pressure pumping station and reservoir for treated water.

North Hatley (pop.750) is located at the north end of Lake Massawippi, in the Eastern Townships region of Québec about 140 km east of Montreal. Many of the first settlers around North Hatley were United Empire Loyalists, mostly farmers, who left New England in the years following the American Declaration of Independence in 1776. The village owes most of its great houses and particular architecture to its first aristocrats, mostly Americans from south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
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26 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED IN CANADA - Week of April 18 - 24


Over the past week, 26 water advisories were issued across Canada. Saskatchewan leads the way with 16 advisories, most of which were precautionary and affected smaller communities; these include Glen Ewen (lift station maintenance), Dore Lake (power outage), Prud'Homme (power outage), Richmound (power outage), La Loche (depressurization caused by reservoir depletion), Maple Creek, portion (depressurization), Archerwill (elevated turbidity), Turnor Lake (power outage), Kannata Valley, portion (depressurization), Oxbow, portion (scheduled maintenance), St. Benedict, portion (water main break), Rose Valley, portion (water main break). At this time of year, Saskatchewan also issues advisories related to the seasonal start-up of waterworks in provincial and regional parks, as well as campgrounds. Advisories are now in effect in Crooked Lake and Good Spirit Lake Provincial Parks, and in Crystal Lake.

There was 1 boil water advisory issued in Newfoundland Labrador in the small community of Pilley's Island (pop. 400) due to maintenance or repairs. In British Columbia, a boil water advisory that was issued for Robson's Raspberry Improvement District in 1995 has been lifted. 1 new advisory was issued for the non-municipal system of Blubber Bay Quarry (E.coli detected).

In Manitoba, 2 new advisories were issued, one in Rivers (failure in the water treatment process) and the other in Pine Dock (no reason given). There are also 2 new advisories in Ontario; Brighton issued a BWA for residents and a BWO (boil water order) for food establishments after a major water leak shut down the water system last Saturday; and Port Loring is under advisory for routine maintance of its water system.

Finally, Nunavut Health issued a boil water advisory for a portion of Iqaluit due to a water main break; and in Québec, three advisories were issued for non-municipal systems in Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs (City Hall), Saint-Alexis-des-Monts (Manoir du Lac Caché) and Entrelacs(Scout Camp Le Nid).

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BÉCANCOUR BWA, FIRST IN ITS HISTORY


The boil water advisory issued for Bécancour on April 17, is the first one ever since the municipality was founded in 1965. This explains why Superintendent of Environmental Hygiene, Michel Carbonneau, is anxiously awaiting the results of the tests that were sent to the laboratories on Monday.

"I'm pretty sure they will be clean," he says. "We already tested the water in our own laboratory and there was no contamination at any time, but since our lab is not accredited we had to confirm our findings with Environex Labs in Trois-Rivières. Samples were taken all along the system to the rate of 1 sample per 1,000 people."

According to Carbonneau, a mechanical failure on Friday affected the dosage of the chemical products in the treatment plant. "By the time we had repaired it, the levels of turbidity in the system were too high and we had to issue a boil water advisory."

The BWA does not affect the entire municipality but it does impact the neighbouring communities of Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford and Sainte-Monique, as well as the Wolinak Abenaki reserve, who are all connected to the distribution system; in all about 8,600 people.

A state-of-the-art ozone system - equipped with both pre-ozonation and post-ozonation - was installed in Bécancour in the summer of 2102. According ot Water & Wastes Digest , the system's modularity, low maintenance and process control led Carbonneau, 'one of the industry's top treatment plant operators' to recommending it.

Bécancour is a city in the Centre-du-Québec region, located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River at the confluence of the Bécancour River, opposite Trois-Rivières. The St. Lawrence River is the city's water source.

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PIPE LEAKS, WATER SHUT OFF, BWA ISSUED, EMERGENCY DECLARED IN BRIGHTON, ON


There was a huge water leak in Brighton's main water supply on Saturday, April 18. The mayor immediateley sent out a press release advising residents that a boil water advisory was in effect; that the water was shut off; that there was a burn ban and that bottled water was available at the King Edward Park Community Centre.

Later on in the day the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit asked the town's restaurants to close, and at one point over the weekend a state of emergency was declared. Crews worked throughout the night and on Sunday the pipe was repaired and the system back on. However, the boil water advisory remains in effect until furhter testing confirms that is clean.

In all, eight press releases were issued over the last few days. Yet, when contacted the municipality was reluctant to provide any more detail as to what had caused the breakage, and if the age of the pipe or ice had played a role."

"The advisory affects 6900, one pipe was fixed and more are being fixed as they go along," was all Scott, a spokesperson with the Health Unit would say."The information is all on the town's website."

In fact, the information on the town's website only refers to one pipe leak.

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18 WATER ADVISORIES IN CANADA - Week of April 13 -17


Over the past week, 18 water advisories were issued across Canada. Saskatchewan leads the way with 9 advisories, most of which were precautionary and affected smaller communities; these include Kinistino (water main break), Spiritwood (service connection repair), St Benedict (water main break), Meath Park (water main valve failure) and Arcola (source water deterioration). At this time of year, Saskatchewan also issues advisories related to the seasonal start-up of waterworks in provincial and regional parks, as well as campgrounds. Advisories are now in effect in Thomson Lake Regional, Sask Landing Provincial and Lumsden River Park Campground.

There were 5 boil water advisories issued in Newfoundland Labrador; all of them in small communities. They include Chance Cove (low chlorine residual), Conception Harbour (low chlorine residual), Point May (low chlorine residual), Bonavista (maintance or repairs), and St, Lunaire-Griquet where E.coli was found in the Lookout Brook system which feeds 26 residents in Gunners Cove.

The three advisories issued in British Columbia affect non-municipal systems; Cedar Point Park (inadequate disinfection /treatment), Meadow Wood water system on Gabriola Island(system does not meet drinking water standards) and Crescent Beach Resort -2 in Nelson (no reason given)

Finally, there was one advisory issued in Red Lake, ON due to hydro issues and loss of pressure in the distribution system, it was rescinded on April 16.

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E.COLI ADVISORY LIFTED IN ISLE-AUX-MORTS, NL


Boil water advisories are pretty routine in the small Newfounland community of Isle-aux-Morts. The last one issued on April 10 due the presence of E.coli bacteria in the drinking system.

"I just got off the phone tow minutes ago," says clerk Colleen Hatcher," the advisory is now lifted. I don't know much about it, you'll have to call back Tuesday when town clerk Lydia is back."

What Colleen could tell us is that advisories are issued quite often" the pipes are old", that the advisory affected all 600 people in the community and that the water source is surface water.

Our records indicate that since 2008, Isle-aux-Morts has had 11 advisories since 2008, due to a range of issues from coliform bacteria to low chlorine residuals and repairs.

?Isle aux Morts is located on the Southwest Coast of the Island, approximately 16 km south from the Marine Atlantic Ferry Terminal in Port aux Basques.?

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12-YEAR BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED IN SAINT-PROSPER, QC


What does it take for a tiny town in Québec to get potable water? 12 years and lots of perseverance.

"Je suis très, très, très content," says Saint-Prosper mayor, Michel Grosleau, "it has been a very long saga. I've been mayor throughout the 12 years it took to find wells with enough water to serve the community and the surrounding dairy farms, and negotiate funding with the the different levels of government to build the water system. This is quite the victory" According to Grosleau there were originally 6 private wells serving the the core community of 230 residents in Saint-Prosper; 4 surface wells and 2 underground wells; all were plagued by low pressure and yellowish water.

To make matters worse, in the wake of Walkerton, Environment Quebec issued a boil water advisory that would not be removed until the town's water system had been brought up to the provinces's drinking water regulations.

The search for new wells had started way back in 1994 but had proved unfruitful. It was not until the neighbouring town of Saint-Stanislas agreed to partner with Saint-Prosper that things started moving. Both communities are located on the same mountain, with Saint-Prosper at the bottom and Saint-Stanislas on top.

As luck would have it, two wells with sufficient water were found midway up the mountain, allowing for a greensand filtration system, which removes the iron and manganese present in the water, to be installed to serve both communities.

Each community has its own reservoir, and while Saint-Prosper can rely on gravity to bring the water down the mountain, Saint-Stanislas had to build pumping stations to get the water up to their distribution system. And the upgrades did not stop there. A wastewater system was also built to replace the private septic tanks that dotted the area. "We had to deal with the Ministry of Transport to complete that work," says Grosleau. " The town's entire main street had to be repaved and hydro poles moved, to install a water main network. It was quite the job but luckily the Transport Department paid for that part"

All in all the project cost the tiny community a whopping $20 million, and although the federal and provincial governments covered 90% of the cost, each residence will have to pay $600/year for their clean water. "The residents haven't had clean water for so long they don't really mind the cost," he says. "Besides, we had no other choice. We need development and financial institutions no longer will lend money to build in areas which don't have basic services such as water and waste water" adds Grosleau.

The work seems to have paid off. According to an October 2014 article by Radio-Canada three new houses have been built in Saint-Prosper for the first time in many years.

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NUNAVUT ANTES UP ON WATER REPORTING


Nunavut is Canada's newest, northernmost and least populated territory. Vast and scattered over thousands of islands, the territory has only recently put in place a water reporting system for its larger communities.

On April 2, the Nunavut Department of Health issued a boil water advisory for the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet due to low chlorine levels in the community's distribution system. Press releases were published on April 2 and again on April 8. This might have something to do with a radio station incident that happened over the Easter holiday weekend (see below).

When we called the town office for more information, we were put through to Tom Ng, Rankin Inlet's Senior Administrative Officer. "You should be talking to the government of Nunavut, they're the ones who issued the advisory," said Ng who who came to Rankin from Ontario about 5 months ago.

"What I know is that the boil water advisory was placed on Thursday just before the the four-day holiday," says Ng. "We notified the radio station, put a message on Facebook and posted notices around town. There are over 2,000 people in Rankin, we couldn't go door-to-door "

Then according to Ng, satisfied that everything was under control, the town office closed for four days and...the wheels fell off.

On Friday, an unidentified caller contacted the radio station saying that the advisory had been lifted, a message the station immediately proceeded to broadcast.

"They did not know who called, did not ask for the source's name,"says Ng. " When we came back on Tuesday we had to notify everyone that the advisory was still in effect until we get three sets of clear samples; two have already come back clean, we are waiting for the third."

As for details concerning the water treatment system, how often the water is tested and where the samples are sent for analysis, Ng told us to contact the Kivalliq Health Officer who had issued the advisory.

"I would gladly give you this information," said health officer Gary Nelson," but I am not allowed to talk to the media, the person you have to contact is the Public Health spokesperson."

We did. He was unavailable and has yet to reply to our email. Par for the course whether in the territories or downtown Toronto. Nonetheless, minus a few glitches, Nunavut has now entered the water reporting game.

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YOU CAN NOW DRINK THE WATER AT EAST BAY FISH'N CHIPS TAKE-OUT, NS


Water Today first talked to Dale Leterte of Chippin Dales Famous Fish'N Chips, in May 2014. At the time, he was waiting for a a part to fix his UV system so that the BWA on his take-out could be lifted. Almost a year later the advisory has finally been removed.

"I had to change the machine," he says. "The old one just didn't work. It cost me $400 to $500. I'm happy it's done but it doesn't affect the business much because we don't use tap water for anything, period. We give out plastic forks and knives and sell bottled water".

According to Leterte, he survived Nova Scotia's fierce 2015 winter, but barely. The Take-out closes every winter and he is waiting for more clement weather to re-open. "Right now, the place is closed but the girls are on standby. There's still lots of snow around here. But I'm counting on the weather being good during tourist season"

East Bay is on Bras d'Or Lake on Cape Breton Island, it has one public beach (East Bay Sandbar) and a large number of summer cottages with beach front property. It is located 22 km away from Sydney and is famous for its fish and chips. Based on the 2011 Census, East Bay has a population of 572 which is 33.7% lower than in 2001. In 2011, 10.5% of the population was under the age of 20 and 33.2% was 65 years or older.

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FIRE HOSE HOOK-UP LEADS TO DO NOT CONSUME ADVISORY, QC


About 200 km away from Sainte-Florence, the village of Sainte-Françoise is also under a Do Not Consume advisory. But here, the advisory affects the whole community of 175 people who live in the village's centre.

"What happened is that the Québec government no longer wants to take responsibility for the water system here so they told us to issue a Do Not Consume advisory,"says Director General, Véronique Pelletier. "The village is on a well and with all the snow we got this winter, the water was too low to feed the whole village. So we had to connect to another well with fire hoses so everyone could have some water. A notice to advise residents of the Do Not Consume advisory was distributed door-to-door."

Véronique says that there is a chlorination system on the well but the water does reach it at the moment and the water is distributed untreated.

"I don't know how it is where you are but we still under a ton of snow here," she adds.

The village of Sainte-Françoise is a rural agricultural community located on the south bank of the Saint Lawrence River in the Bas-Saint-Laurent Region. The area is home to some 25 maple syrup shacks.

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DO NOT CONSUME AFFECTS COMMUNITY CENTRE ONLY, QC


In late February, Québec Environment issued a Do Not Consume advisory for the village of Sainte-Florence. The reality is the village's water system only serves the town's community centre, as most of the 414 residents are on private wells and septic tanks.

"Total coliform was found in the drinking water, which happens with melting snow and rain," says Director General, Natacha Gallant. "We put up notices to make sure people were aware of the situation. There is a machine in the centre, so bottled water, juice and pop are always available."

According to Natacha, plans are in the works to replace the current shallow well, untreated water system to bring the village waterworks in compliance with the province's drinking water regulations.

"Work has not started yet, we're still at the budget stage," she says". "We probably will have federal/provincial funding for the project, but a bunch of things are causing delays".

The new system will only distribute to the core of Saint-Florence because those on the outlying country roads are too far off to be connected.

Sainte-Florence is a forestry village located in the Matapédia Valley in the Gaspé peninsula. One of its main attractions is salmon fishing on the Matapédia River.

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PEI SCHOOL HOOKED UP TO TOWN WATER, BWA LIFTED


Montague Consolidated School suffered a series of boil water advisories from November 2014 to January 2105. The school is one of 25 to rely on well water in Prince Edward Island.

Despite installing ultraviolet treatment and flushing the pipes more than once, total coliform bacteria kept creeping back into the system. While there was bottled water and hand sanitizers for staff and students, a more permanent solution had to found.

It was decided to move ahead with plans to hook up the school the town of Montague's water system. The work, which the English School Board had slated for the spring, was rescheduled for February and the hook-up is now complete.

"It's a tremendous relief", says principal Norbert Carpenter.

Montague Consolidated School is a K-6 school with an enrolment of over 400 students. The town of Montague is located in the eastern end of Prince Edward Island. Often referred to as Montague the Beautiful, it is the third largest non-suburban municipality in the province, with a a population of 2,127.

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SPRING RUN OFF TRIGGERS BWA IN ARCOLA, SK


The Saskatchewan water security agency issued a boil water advisoy for arcola on March 14,due to a deterioration of the source water quality rendering the water treatment facility incapable of providing the required level of treatment.

"It's because of the spring run-off," says town clerk Joan. "It happens every year."

Then, thinking better of it declined to provide any further details. "this is all I will tell you," she said before hanging up.

Arcola is home to 649 people, it has no website. It is located in southeast Saskatchewan, about 50 km east and north of Estevan. In 2003, Arcola celebrated its 100th anniversary, marking the fact that it predates the province by two years. Known as Saskatchewan's "Heritage Town" due to its many historical brick and wood frame structures, Arcola also served as the location for the Allan King film of W.O. Mitchell's Who Has Seen the Wind.

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ONE E.COLI SAMPLE PUTS TOWN OF 850 UNDER BWA


When E.coli bacteria was found in one sample from one house in Notre-Dame-de-Montauban, the whole town was put under BWA.

"It might well have been a sampling error," says the town's Assistant Director General, Treasurer and Municipal Inspector, Benoit Caouette. "But we can't take any chances, so we took two series of samples in different locations along the system and sent them to the lab yesterday. We are, sending two more series tomorrow."

According to Caouette, Notre-Dame-de-Montauban gets its drinking water from an artesian well and the water is not treated before distribution. Water Today's records indicate that there have been few previous Boil Water Advisories in Notre-Dame-de-Montauban , two in 2009 and one in 2010, since we started monitoring them in 2006.

Located in the Mauricie region, Notre-Dame-de-Montauban is divided by the Batiscan River with the nearby falls 'Chute du Neuf' being a popular tourist attraction. Forestry was traditionally the region's major industry but of the 32 original sawmills, only one has survived.

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GATINEAU HIT BY TWO CONSECUTIVE BWAS, 40,500 AFFECTED, QC


The City of Gatineau has issued not one but two preventive boil water advisories for different areas of the municipality. The first was caused by a power outage on Thursday night which triggered the shut-down of the chlorination system in Vieux Gatineau.

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"It was a Hydro-Québec electrical problem that caused the malfunction," says Gatineau spokesperson, Cynthia Lauzon. "Our crews were working on the generator when the power outage happened, the chlorination system was off for a very short while."

The water advisory affects 40,000 people as well as the Gatineau Hospital and its related facilities which include two residences, two health units and a wellness centre.

"We have distributed bottled water to all our nine facilities," says Health Services spokesperson, Thomas Rossignol. "We always have bottled water in stock in case of emergencies such as this. We've also re-ordered from our supplier and now have enough water to last until noon on Monday. If the advisory lasts longer we will order more. It's at our own cost, but it's part of our emergency budget."

According to Rossignol, water for cooking in the cafeterias will be boiled, but any other drinking water will be bottled water. When it comes to surgical or medical procedures, none of these use tap water.

As for the second boil water advisory, it was caused by a water main break Friday morning in the Limbour sector of the municipality and affects 500 people.

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TOWN OFFICE CLOSED FOR SARM CONVENTION, SK


On March 6, the Saskatcehwan Water Security Agency issued a boil water advisory for the Village of Pangman when a significant water main break drained water from the distribution system causing it to depressurize.

When we called the town's office for more details, our call was redirected to a voice message advising callers that the town office was closed between March 9 and 12 due to the SARM Convention; that the village was under a boil water advisory; and that bottled water was available at the Deep South Personal Care Home. "Sorry for the inconvenience and if you need more information please call one of the town's elected members.

This is life in a small prairie town. Pangman "100 Years of Prairie Life" is located in southern Saskatchewan about 100 km south of Regina, it has a population of 260 and a land area of 0.73 square kilometres. According to its website, "Pangman is a full-service community with water, sewer, garbage pick-up, high-speed internet, cable tv, daycare, community kitchen, grocery store, gas station, restaurant, post office, bank, library, community centre, K-12 school, and more.

The SARM (Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalitiies) Convention is a big ticket event. It is held every year during the second week of March and, this year, both Premier Wall and Prime Minister Harper will be attending.

One of the more interesting bits of trivia about Pangman is that there were three one-room school districts located in the area. This is because "before the advent of large administrative units in the middle 1900s, Saskatchewan had small school districts every 4-6 miles apart. In an era when transportation was via walking or horse and no roads, travel was difficult. When hauling grain to elevators with horse and wagon, approximately seven miles was considered to be a convenient distance. "(Source: The Saskatchewan One-Room School Project)

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BROKEN AND FROZEN PIPES PLAGUE ROUYN-NORANDA, QC


Water main breaks and preventive boil water advisories are almost a daily occurrence in Rouyn-Noranda, Québec this winter.

"So far we've had 31 water main breaks since January 1, while most years we get 40 to 50 over the course of the whole year. So we're breaking records," says Public Works Director, Réjan Lesage.

Although some of the town's pipes are older, the main reason for all these breaks is the cold weather this winter, according to Lesage.

"Our crews can barely keep up," he says" but frozen pipes are an even bigger challenge this winter. Currently there are 100 frozen pipes around town and I don't expect the problem to end for at least another month. It has a lot to do with temperatures fluctuating between freezing cold and mild."

There are some 42,000 people in Rouyn-Noranda but the breaks and BWAs usually only affect 20 or so residences, and each is advised by a green notice on their door. The municipality also does a very good job of updating its website as new advisories are issued.

"Residents whose pipes are frozen have a harder time of it, as it cuts off their water completely. We visit every resident personally to assess the situation and the needs they may have. Bottled water is also provided to those with frozen pipes," says Lesage.



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PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE IN SAINT-HILAIRE, NB


The largely French-speaking village of Saint-Hilaire du Nouveau Brunswick has been under boil water advisory since February 21, due to the presence of total coliform bacteria in the drinking water. We are however unable to provide more details about this advisory since no one is currently answering the phone or returning calls from the town office.

With a population of 303, Saint-Hilaire is definitely a small village; the elementary school closed in 1996 due to lack of students, the nearest post office is upriver in Baker Brook and the nearest hospital is 11 km away, in Edmunston. But what Saint-Hilaire does have is a colourful past.

Located on the shores of the Saint-John River right across from Frenchville, Maine, the village was home to quite a few bootleggers during the Prohibition, an episode which was proudly displayed in a 2013 exhibition in the Historical Museum of Madawaska. Archeological digs have also been ongoing in recent years to prove that Louis XV11 would have crossed the ocean to come to Madawaska rather than died in prison in June 8, 1795. Interest in this chapter of history is spurred on by the town's Réginald Nadeau who is determined to prove that he is a descendant of the royal family.

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QUÉBEC PRIVATE WATERWORKS, A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE: OMBUDSMAN


In a report released this week, the Québec Ombudsman exhorts the province's Environment Department to exercise greater control of private waterworks systems and better management when non-compliance persists.

According to the report, 60,000 people are served by private waterworks systems in Québec, many of which remain under boil-water or do-not-drink-water advisories for years before action is taken to make the water safe to drink again.

While not faulting the Department's dilligence in overseeing water advisories, Ombudsman Raymonde Saint-Germain says, "the Department must ensure that the Environment Quality Act is respected and that the citizens served by private waterworks systems have access to water that is fit to drink at reasonable cost."

In August 2014, 97 private waterworks systems had been under a boil-water advisory and 27 under a water consumption ban for an average of more than three years. To make matters worse, 63% of the 526 private waterworks systems operate without a permit and due to lack of data, the Department cannot separate the systems authorized not to have a permit from those that, as operators, are required to have one.

Furthermore, a study by Institut national de santé publique du Québec, reveals that only 35% of those informed of boil-water advisories obey directions to the letter, and as time goes by, many tend to ignore them altogether. The Québec Ombudsman therefore considers that this is a public health issue and that the Department must not tolerate the fact that private waterworks systems remain under boil-water or do-not-drink-water advisories for long periods.

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E.COLI IN WATER TAKEN IN STRIDE IN WOODY POINT, NL


Woody Point, a town located in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, in Newfoundland and Labrador, was put under Boil Water Advisory on February 13, when E.coli was found in some of the water samples sent for testing.

"We put notices up in the convenience store, the post office and on our Facebook page and website, says Jacqueline Blanchard, the town's general manager. "We also called the businesses that are open during the winter."

According to Blanchard, the town's drinking water is surface water that comes down the gulch from the Park's Tablelands . It is treated with chlorine before distribution.

Although it is clear that the Water Advisory protocol is well-known and executed when needed, advisories are taken in stride by the town residents.

"We don't get many BWAs," says Blanchard. "But when we do, most of the town folk just drink the water anyway. I do, and I've never been sick. I guess I've become immune to it"

There were 355 people in Woody Point according to the 2006 census, today its population has declined to 281 residents. Gros Morne National Park of Canada was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

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DAYCARE UNDER DO NOT CONSUME ADVISORY AGAIN, QC


Forty-four children between the ages of 0 and 5 are under a do not consume water advisory in a daycare in Saint-Georges, QC. La Maison des Papillons was notified of the advisory on February 4.

"They never tell us why," says Assistant-Director, Dorothée Bilodeau. "We only give the children bottled water to drink anyway, but now we have to use it to cook as well."

"I find it happens quite often," she says. "It's a nuisance because we can't use tap water to boil the nipples or prepare food"

The daycare building is managed by Pomerleau, a large Quebec-based contracting and construction management company. When we contacted them about this advisory and about the previous one in May 2014, they were mostly bewildered that they had anything to do with a daycare, let alone a water advisory. They did not get back to us then or now.

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ABOVE-GROUND PIPE SOLVES LEAK ISSUE IN QUEBEC TOWN


Residents and businesses on Notre-Dame street in Saint-Casimir were told to boil their water on January 26 after a leak was found in a pipe that runs the water from the municipal system, across Ste-Anne River, and to Notre-Dame street on the other side.

"With this cold weather, we couldn't fix the buried pipe, so we've suspended an above-the-ground pipe under the bridge to connect the south side of the river to the system," says Vital Nault, Public Works Director and water operator for the town of Saint-Casimir.

According to him, this is a temporary measure until the ground thaws out in the spring. Saint-Casimir's drinking water source is surface water. It comes from a unnamed lake in the vicinity of Saint-Thuribe, a municipality closeby who shares the water system with Saint-Casimir. The pipes in Saint-Casimir are not particularly old, they were replaced in 2000.

"We do weekly tests and have not had any problems until now," says Nault. "I am sending a set of water samples today and tomorrow to the lab, once they are confirmed to be clean, the advisory will be lifted."

As for the other BWA in town, the one on the Pied de la Montagne system which was issued in 2001, Nault says "that's a long story, the system is slowly being brought up to the provincial norms for drinking water but we're not there yet."


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WAINRIGHT TOWN AND GARRISON ASKED TO BOIL, AB


Excessive turbidity in combination with a leakage issue at the water treatment plant that serves the Canadian Forces Base Wainright has put the base and the adjacent town, which shares the same water and name, under boil water advisory.

There are 6,289 people living in Wainright and 500 on the garrison.

"I don't know much more about this than what was on the notice I received from the base," says Ed Bluefiend, of the local Credit Union to whom we were transferred when we called the town for more information.

"All the information is on our facebook page and our town website" he says.

The town of Wainright is located in east-central Alberta; it was originally named Denwood, but was later relocated 5 km west by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and renamed after General William Wainwright, the second vice-president of the railway. What is interesting about the Wainright Garrison is that it maintains a bison herd of some 50 animals, in order to preserve the heritage and history associated with the base.


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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.?


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PUMP MALFUNCTION LEADS TO BWA IN TINY MALLARD, MB


When a pump malfunctioned in Mallard's water system on January 6, a portion of the system lost pressure and a boil water advisory was issued to about 30 residents on the distribution system. " The pump is fixed but it is mandatory to issue an advisory when the system looses pressure," says town CAO Jessica. "We sent the samples to the lab in Winnipeg about 3 hours away, this morning."

" I am not sure exactly how many people were affected but there are only 150 residents n Mallard so I would think about 30 of them were advised to boil through a bulletin we sent out. Were a small community so word spreads pretty fast across the population," she says.

Mallard, Manitoba is located on the southeast end of Waterhen Lake, approximately 334 kms northwest of Winnipeg. The source of water for Mallard is a drilled well.


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FREEZE-UPS LEAD TO BWA IN UPPER ISLAND COVE, SPANIARDS BAY, NL


A winter storm coupled with high winds swept snow and ice around the water intake of Spaniards Bay leaving 4294 people under boil water advisory, on December 31. The town of Upper Island Cove who shares Spaniards Bay's water source was also put under advisory.

Reduced water pressure also caused a malfunction in the chlorination system and residents were experiencing discolored water.

"That's all fixed now," says Upper Island Cove secretary, Dorothy Mercer. " We're sending a set of samples to the lab today and another one tomorrow. All being well, the advisory should be lifted by Wednesday".

"Notices were posted on our town website and sent to the local radio station," she says. "All 1600 of our residents are affected," she says. "There are more residents in Spaniards Bay since the community of Tilton was amalgamated into the municipality of Spaniards Bay in 1991."




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PATCHING UP OLD PIPES IN ST. LAZARE, MB


When a pipe broke in St. Lazare on Monday December 8, a boil water advisory was called mostly because it was located on the mainline, and it was feared that the system would have to be depressurized.

"In the end, we fixed it without having to shut down the system," says town CAO, Richard Fouillard. "But the advisory had already been issued so now we have to wait for two sets of clean water tests to lift it. We sent the samples to the lab in Winnipeg and I figure the advisory will be removed early next week,"

"We were one of the first communities to install a distribution system in the area so some of our pipes date back to the 60's. Some of them are pretty old. Usually, we just patch them up but this this break was on the mainline to the town and we did not want to take any chances," he says.

According to Fouillard, the source of St. Lazare's drinking water is surface water. "It comes from the sand plains between the Assiniboine and Qu'Appelle rivers. It sits on top of 13.5' of sand," he says," and there's lots of it".

St. Lazare (pop. 265) is a small French-speaking village in western Manitoba, surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Ellice. Located in the Birdtail-Assiniboine Watershed, it is the only public source in the watershed that relies upon surface water.

Update 12/8/14
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RECURRING BWA IN MINI HOME PARK SOLVED, NS


Heather Estates Mini Home Park in Howie Centre Nova Scotia is under bwa for the second time in recent months. The park is owned by Killam Properties, one of Canada's largest residential landlords, based in Halifax.

" I think we've indetified the problem," says Jackie Lavallee of Killam Properties. "One of the well seals was leaking and we are now repairing it. These systmes are 30 to 40 years old, you know there are bound to be problems.

According to Lavallee, the water is from a drilled well and is not treated before distribution.

"We are very proactive, samples are sent to the lab once a week even though the provinces only requires it to be done 4 times a year. Whenever there is a power outage or a storm, we issue precautionary advisories. I have a level 2 water treatment certificate and prefer to err on the side of caution."

There are 217 sites in Heather Estates but Lavellee does not know if they are all currently occupied. "Usually there are 2 to 3 people per site," she says. " Notices were distributed door-to-door."

Howie Centre is located on Cape Breton Island.

Update 11/29/14
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POSITIVE SAMPLE PROMPTS BWA IN SCHEFFERVILLE, QC


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 and 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.

Update 11/26/14
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VILLAGE RESERVOIR OVERCOME BY HEAVY RAINS, SNOW, NB


A boil water advisory was issued for Riverside-Albert today because of elevated turbidity in the water system.

"We've had snow, and huge rainstorms and then it all froze up," says village clerk, Deborah Murray-Butler. "It happens often, the water plant just can't handle the turbidity, but we're getting new water storage towers through the New Building Canada Fund and that should fix the problem."

Murray-Butler says when a boil water is issued a contingency plan is immediately put in play to notify the population, "It got me out of bed," she says.

"We advise the local radio station, flyers are sent door to door and posted in public places, and we call up institutions and businesses individually."

"I can't remember right now but I think there are about 353 people in Riverside Albert and most of them are on the town's water system," she says.

Our records indicate that there have been 15 BWAs in Riverside-Albert since 2008.

Update 11/21/14
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BUGS SHOW UP IN COAL HARBOUR WATER TANKS, NU


Residents of Coral Harbour continued to boil their water this week after some people in the Kivalliq community discovered creatures in their water tanks that looks like worms or bugs.

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Update 11/11/14
Housekeeping

BWA and BLUE-GREEN ADVISORY MAP UPKEEP - FALLL 2014


Ontario Provincial Park water advisories have been taken off our advisory maps as most of them are now closed for the winter. In all, 18 advisories have been removed.. Six provincial park remain open for winter camping or day use, of these two remain on our maps as they are under boil water advisory, René Brunelle, day use only, December 19, 2014 to March 29, 2015; and Silent Lake, winter camping, December 12, 2014 to March 15, 2015.

In Alberta, recent weather has cooled water temperatures to such an extent that blue-green algae is no longer a concern. Alberta Health Services has therefore lifted the blue-green algae advisories for a number of bodies of water (20 in the North Zone, 5 in the Central Zone, and 4 in the Calgary Zone). They have also been removed from our maps.

In Ontario, the blue-green alerts have not been removed from the Health Units' websites. During the month of October, 5 new blue-green alerts were also issued by Ontario Health Units, including Cache Lake, Clear Lake and Lake Talon (North Bay Parry Sound Public Health); Desbarats Lake (Algoma Public Health)and Long Lake (Sudbury & District Public Health). Ontario blue-green alerts issued in October remain on our maps but earlier ones have been removed. Any new blue-green alert will also be published.

The five blue-green alerts in New Brunswick have been removed as were the 9 blue-greens in Manitoba.

With the warming of our climate, blue-green algae has appeared in our lakes and rivers earlier and earlier in the summer. Where the blooms used to appear in August, they are now seen in July and even June. The algae also continue to bloom later in the Fall. Blue-green algae blooms or cyanobacteria usually re-appear in the same lakes and rivers from year to year. During the winter months they lie dormant on the bottom of the water bodies but they do not die off.

Update 11/11/14
Good News



FIRS NATION WATER ON THE MEND?


For years, updated information on water advisories in First Nation communities was nowhere to be found. Neither Health Canada nor the AFN wanted the information public. This all changed in July when Health Canada started publishing the locations and names of the reserves under boil water or do not consume advisory.

Since then, the advisories have been updated on Health Canada's website every month, with a bit of a lag. The October report is not yet published.

As of September 30, 2014, there were 138 Drinking Water Advisories in effect in 97 First Nation communities across Canada, excluding British Columbia*. Although this number is high and in fact higher than it was in May when there were 130 Drinking Water Advisories in 91 First Nation communities, the good news is that most of the newer advisories are lifted within two weeks to a month after being issued, and indication that things are getting fixed. For instance, in Ontario, a BWA issued for Wapekeka First Nation on September 9 was lifted on September 19; and in Saskatchewan an advisory for the Gordon First Nation issued on August 21 was rescinded on September 8.

Another indicator of progress is that and some of the older water issues are also being fixed. As an example, the Lac Seul First Nation public water system in Whitefish Bay Ontario which had been under BWA since 2002, has now been declared safe and the advisory rescinded some 12 years later. This is good news, and though a lot of work remains to be done, a welcome step in the right direction

All First Nations advisories are published on our provincial maps.

*NOTE: As part of the British Columbia Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nation Health Governance, on October 1st 2013, Health Canada transferred its role in the design, management, and delivery of First Nations health programming in British Columbia to the new First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). Latest report: As of June 3 2014, 29 First Nations Communities across British Columbia were under a Drinking Water Advisory. No details provided.

Update 11/5/14
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GASPÉ DINER ADVISORY STILL LISTED 4 MONTHS AFTER BEING LIFTED, QC


On July 5, 2014, heavy rain and winds in excess of 100km/h swept across Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick and the Gaspe Coast. The fringes of hurricane Arthur dropped 83 mm of rain on Gaspe, overwhelming many a small water system, including the one at 'Chez Ron', a small and well-liked diner owned by Anglos in the heart of French Québec. Four months later it is still listed on the Quebecs' lists of advisories.

"Only one sample came back positive for bacteria," says Noreen, the restaurant's manager. "The advisory was lifted shortly after. Since then, the water samples we send for analysis twice a month, have all come back clean. At the time I had to rush the samples to the lab so I could get them back for the weekend. None of this was great for business, but nobody really cares."

According to reviewers on Trip Advisor, anyone who's ever been to Gaspé knows Ron's. Food is simply good, service cordial and quick, and the lobster club tops it all.

Update 11/3/14
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BAS-SAINT-LAURENT PARISH MUNICIPALITY UNDER BWA, QC


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'.

Update 10/29/14
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QUEBEC-OWNED OUTFITTER JOINS OTHERS IN SASK UNDER BOIL ORDER,SK


When the water system was turned on for the upcoming hunting season at Bear Buck Obsession in northeastern Saskatchewan, E.coli bacteria was detected and a boil order was issued. Most Sask outfitters are in a similar situation.

"The water system is off for months at a time," says co-owner, Jos Schell from her home in Quebec. "We've owned the oufitters' camp for 4 years now and we've had 2 boil water orders. It's almost a protocol situation."

"The well is being shocked," she says, " we use 20 L of commercial bleach."

Googling shock chlorination (disinfection) reveals that it's the one-time introduction of a strong chlorine solution into the entire water distribution system (well, pump, distribution pipelines,etc.) to rid it of residual bacteria and algae.

Louis Gagnon a biologist from Quebec is the guy behind the Bear Buck Obsession . A passionate hunter form a very young age, Gagnon acts as guide, videographer and wildlife manager.

"Why Saskatchewan?, says Schell, "because Alberta and Saskatchewan used to have the best white tail hunting in North America. Now, things are different. The bad winters we had in 2007 and 2008 just about decimated the fawn population and with the bad economy in the US, things have been rough. Quebec hunters are the ones keeping us in business."

"With the petroleum in Fort McMurray, there's too much humidity in the air, it's changing the weather. We had over 30 cm of snow in recent winters and that's unheard of. Thirty of our sites were unaccessible."

According to Schell, their hunting grounds are on Crown land yet roads are being logged all over it. "If there's a chance of petroleum they open roads," she says.


Update 10/21/14
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HALF MOON DRIVE-IN DINER GETS UV UPGRADE


The Half Moon, a diner in Lockport, Manitoba, 28 km north of Winnipeg, was issued a BWA on October 16, when coliform bacteria was detected in its drinking water.

"It was a very low parts," says Wayne McIntosh, Half Moon's 'top dog'. But we're fixing it. We've purchased a new $2,000 UV system and until it's hooked up we're only using pre-packaged food and not serving any food that needs washing."

According to McIntosh, there has been a lot construction around lately and heavy rains have battered the area. When asked, he said he had 30 parking spots in the front and 170 in the back.

According to its website, the Half Moon, home of Canada's best hot dogs, has been serving good food and great times since 1938.


Update 10/8/14
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TOWN SENDS FRANÇOIS TO WATER TASTING CONTEST, QC

When we first reached François Gagnon , Director General of the town of Franklin, QC, he was taken aback. "Boil water advisory? Let me contact my technician and call you right back," he said.

Turns out, there was no boil water advisory at all but rather a non-conformity advisory for the Saint-Antoine-Abbé sector of town.

Whether caused by a sampling or procedural error, a non-conformity advisory requires the water operator to proceed with more water tests to verify the safety of the water.

"You scared me there, said Gagnon" Here, I thought I was unaware of a boil water advisoy in my own town."

"Actually, our water is of superior quality. In fact, we are one of only two Quebec municipalities allowed not to use fluoride or chlorine in our water system," he says. "That's how pure our water is and you can imagine how many tests Environment did to grant us this."

"So, this week, I am off to Quebec with my 7 little pots of water samples to enter our municipal water in the Concours de la meilleure eau municipale du Québec 2014. The water tasting contest takes place this Thursday and Friday in Quebec City.

Franklin is located about 50km south-west of Montreal along the American border. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 1,688.




Update 10/5/14
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TWO E.COLI ALERTS, SOURCE STILL UNKNOWN


The City of Mercer Island, WA, located in the Seattle Metropolitan Area, has been hit by two consecutive Boil Water Advisories in the last week. When E.coli and coliform bacteria were detected in water samples during routine testing on September 28, all 24,000 Mercer Island residents were told to boil their tap water and all public schools and restaurants ordered to close.

The city lifted the advisory on September 29, but new evidence of E.coli was detected on October 2 and a second BWA was issued. Although all 62 of the Island's restaurants were ordered to remain closed, they were also given the option of re-opening with a limited menu, in consultation with Public Heath.

"Any menu item has to be pre-approved by a King County Public Health Official," says Scott Putnam, manager of the Islander restaurant. "An official came in and told us that any food item that requires washing, like raw vegetables, cannot be used. We can only serve packaged food such as hamburger and cheese slices, and are using only bottled water and bagged ice. No, none of the stores have upped the price of their bottled water."

Putnam consults the city's website for updates and likes the city's transparent response. (
see Mercer Island website for updates)

Yet, the source of the bacteria remains a mystery.

"Right now, they have divers checking out the reservoir, and once the advisory is off the city will be adding chlorine," says Putnam. "Who know, it could a deliberate act or a sprinkler with no back flow protection."

According to Putnam, the island's original water infrastructure dates back to the 50s, but there has been a great deal of construction on the island in the last while.

"Our daily intake is usually $6 to $7,000, but we've had five days with no sales, I just put 8 prime ribs in the freezer and we're throwing away about $300 worth of food every day."

"I don't know," he says," but I think the insurance will cover the losses. Yesterday was better, we took in $2,000."

Tests results that came back over the weekend were all clean, but the city is maintaining the boil order until the source of the contamination is found.






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