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2016/4/8
News Roundup

OF GROUNDWATER, PIPELINES, INVASIVE GOLDFISH & WATER TESTING


On February 29, British Columbia's new Water Sustainability Act (WSA) came into effect. The new act, wich was 10 years in the making, regulates groundwater for the first time, and provides significant opportunities to better protect water for ecosystems and communities. However, as reported in the Vancouver Sun, a clause in Section 55 has caught the attention of many legal experts and First Nations leaders, as it appears to exempt 20,000 existing non-domestic groundwater users from the environmental flow considerations of the new law. Touted as a major feature of the new WSA, environmental flow considerations are meant to ensure healthy water levels in rivers and streams.

The provincial government has denied this was its intent, but did acknowledge a lack of clarity in the regulations, and promised to act quickly to make any necessary improvements.

A new report released by a coalition of groups, including Environmental Defence and The Council of Canadians, says TransCanada's proposed Energy East oil pipeline project threatens the drinking water of nearly 5 million Canadians.

From Manitoba to New Brunswick, nearly 3,000 lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers, which are relied upon by millions of Canadians as sources of clean drinking water, would be at risk of oil spills. Just one pipeline rupture in any one of these vulnerable locations could contaminate drinking water sources for years to come.

In Alberta, an Erin Ridge stormwater pond is still infested with goldfish after a mild winter failed to freeze them out. According to an article in the St. Albert Gazette, Erin Ridge residents spotted large numbers of goldfish in Edgewater Pond this month. The fish are an invasive species and should not be in the pond, as they could escape into the Sturgeon River and harm native fish.

Last October, on the advice of the province, city crews tried to exterminate the fish by electro-fishing them and draining the pond so it would freeze to the bottom in winter. But last winter was so warm that the pond never completely froze, allowing many of the fish to survive.

In Saskatchewan, Global News reports that the City of Regina announced it is now testing all 75 contaminants listed in Canada's Drinking Water Guidelines following a 2015 CBC investigation which revealed many Canadian cities dont test for all of the Health Canada parameters. Previously, Regina only tested for 59 substances at the water treatment plant. Some contaminants often found in centres where the water supply is downstream from heavy industry were not included because they typically weren't found in Regina's source water and posed little risk. However the investigation caused confusion among the city's customers who were concerned that not all parameters of the Guidelines were being tested.



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2016/4/5
Advisory Report

19 NEW ADVISORIES, 23 LIFTED OVER THE PAST WEEK


Advisories: BWA:18 - DNC:0 - WQA:1 Lifted:23
NEW - BC:5 SK:4 MB:2 QC:1 NB:1 NL:4 NS:2

In British Columbia, 5 new advisories were issued, for Sage Mesa Water in Penticton (construction/repairs/maintenance), South East Kelowna (turbidity), Osoyoos (portion, inadequate treatment), Star Place (WQA, turbidity) and Tuck Fourplex in Fort St James (adverse test results); 1 advisory was lifted for the Apex Mountain Resort in Penticton.

In Saskatchewan, 4 new precautionary advisories were put in effect, in Dalmeny (portion, line break), Luther Place in Outlook (depressurization), Plunkett (turbidity) and Radisson (power outage/depressurization); 8 advisories were lifted in Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, Dodd's Subdivision Waterworks, Dufferin Water Association, Marquis Rural, McTaggart, Neudorf, Sedley and Sask Landing Provincial Park. In Manitoba, 2 BWAs were issued for Moose Lake and Cross Lake by the Northern Regional Health Unit (no reasons given); 2 advisories were removed in Clearwater and Ilford and for the Douglas Elementary school (issued in 2009).

In Québec, 1 new preventive boil water advisory was issued in Bromont (portion, water main break); advisories were lifted in Lévis, Grand-Mère, Îles-Laval and Upton. In New Brunswick, a BWA was issued for Burton Estates (planned system maintenance), another was issued and lifted for Parkwood Heights in Bathurst.

In Nova Scotia, advisories were issued for the Marble Mountain Community Centre and Centreville Kwikway; 3 advisories were rescinded for Camp Kanada in West Petpeswick, Foyer Céleste in Meteghan and Lahave Bakery.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, there are new advisories in Carmanville (distribution system repairs/maintenance), Stoneville (low chlorine residuals), Trinity Bay North (also affects Melrose, Port Union, Catalina, Little Catalina, maintenance/repairs) and Rose Blanche-Harbour Le Cou (disinfection system is off due to maintenance or repairs); a partial advisory was lifted in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.



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2016/3/31
Advisory Report

UPDATE 4/3/2016- Advisory lifted

15,500 TOLD TO BOIL IN GATINEAU FOLLOWING A BREAK AT BOOSTER STATION


A preventive boil water advisory was issued on March 30 for three sections of Gatineau, after maintenance work on a pump caused a break at the d'Auvergne booster station.

According to the municipality, a booster station is a facility on a municipal watermain system equipped with pumps that ensure there is adequate flow and pressure within the system to deliver potable water to citizens.

"In the case of the d'Auvergne plant, the pumps are also used to ensure adequate flow and pressure within the Azur reservoir, as well as deliver potable water to homes and businesses," says Gatineau spokesperson, Hélène Lachance.

The boil water advisory affects three sections of the city east of the Gatineau River, in the Limbour and Cote d'Azur areas.
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Sector 2
Sector 3



2016/3/29
Advisory Report

SASKWATER BUFFALO POUND RECURRING BWAS DUE TO PLANT UPGRADES- DON'T DRINK WATER IN QUEBEC SUGAR SHACK


Advisories: BWA:12 - DNC:1 - WQA:0 Lifted:9
NEW - BC:1 SK:2 NB:1 QC:2 NL:5 NS:1

In Saskatchewan, the on-again off-again precautionary advisories for Buffalo Pound North and West Pipelines are due to upgrades at the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant which supplies water to a large number of communities in southern Saskatchewan. According to SaskWater spokesperson, Patrick Boyle, "this only affects the rural pipelines that also pull water from the plant. The larger cities are not impacted because they have significant pressure and back flow during this time." In southeastern Saskatchewan, a precautionary advisory was issued for the Village of MacTaggart due to suspected contamination; 4 advisories were lifted in Albertville, Halbrite, Macklin, Medstead and for the Sask Buffalo Pound Pipelines N and W March 22, advisory.

In British Columbia, there is a new advisory in a Small Drinking Water System (SDWS) for the Kokanee Bay Fishing Resort in Chilanko Forks due to positive total coliform lab results. In Manitoba, three advisories were lifted for the Oakbank Elementary school, Sprinfield Collegiate Institute and Sprinfield Middle School semi-public water systems. In Québec, a Do Not Consume (DNC) advisory was issued and is still listed for Érablière Au Rythme des Temps in Saint-Lin-Laurentides. "We've now fixed the problem", says manager Josée Daigle. "We had positive bacterial sample results due to a problem with our UV system. So last week we boiled the water and used bottled water to serve customers. Now the UV lamp has been changed and we are back to normal." Meanwhile over in Laval, a preventive boil water advisory is in effect for residents of Îles-Laval after a water main break caused a sinkhole and water outage near the bridge to the Laval islands.

In New Brunswick, a BWA was issued for Hanwell Mini Home Park due to a planned system outage for repairs. In Nova Scotia, 1 advisory was issued for the Foyer Celeste public individual water supply in Meteghan (no reason given); the advisory issued for The Courtyard in Barrington Passage was lifted. In Newfoundland and Larador, there are new boil water advisories in Terrenceville (inadequately treated water introduced into the system), Centreville Wareham Trinity (maintenance/repairs), Happy Valley-Goose Bay (partial- maintenance/repairs), Hearts Delight-Islington (inadequately treated water introduced into the system) and Trinity (maintenance/repairs).



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2016/3/24
Water story of the day

POTABLE WATER & SEWAGE ON THE LARGEST OF THE THOUSAND ISLANDS, ON


Wolfe Island sits at the mouth of the St Lawrence River in Lake Ontario just across from Kingston. The island, which was originally a hunting ground for the Tyendinaga Mohawks, was called Grand Ile by the French, but was later renamed after British General Wolfe of the Plains of Abraham fame, by British settlers.

The largest of the Thousand Islands, Wolfe Island is part of the Township of the Fronteanc Islands along with Howe Island; its largest community is Maryville. Originally agricultural, nowadays it is mostly populated by commuter's who take the free ferry to Kingston to go to work every day.

Despite being surrounded by water and just a stone's throw away from Kingston, Wolfe Island does not have an abundance of potable water.

"We don't supply water," says the Township of Frontenac Islands, Administrative Assistant Theresa Quist. "Residents are responsible for their own system; it's a mix of holding tanks, private wells and shore wells."

In 2008, the township's mayor Dennis Doyle told the Whig Standard" "It's hard to drill a well and get good water in the village of Marysville. If they do drill they usually get sulphur water. A lot of people have cisterns in their houses."

According to Lake Ontario Waterkeeper President, Mark Mattson, who was born on Wolfe Island and hosts a literary festival every summer at his cottage on the island," residents either get their water trucked in, have private wells or take it from the Lake and treat it."

Further trouble looms ahead.

A 2007 study of the groundwater in the Frontenac Islands says that" hydodrogeological data for the Frontenac Islands is generally quite limited. However, it is known that the water table is generally shallow and that salty and sulphurous water pockets exist throughout the islands."

The Township has been exploring ways to supply good drinking water to the 165 homes in Marysville for several years but without financial help from both the provincial and federal governments, they are all too costly. One idea is to run a pipe underwater from Kingston to feed the island, but while it is feasible, the cost would be prohibitive without government funding.

Unfortunatley, that's not the only water issue that is plaguing the Island, the other is wastewater and more specifically Kingston's sewage overflows that come pouring into Lake Ontario every time there is heavy rain.

In a 2014 blog entitled Authors, sewage gather on Wolfe Island for litfest Mattson writes: "The trip across Lake Ontario was rough. I noticed a dark ugly cloud in the water pulling up to the Barrack Street docks...On the way back to Wolfe Island, I kept my eye on the water. It seemed like the dark dirty water reached out almost a kilometre from shore, conjuring memories of one of Waterkeeper's first cases: Kingston sewage."

And Kingston sewage it was.

Despite infrastructure improvements by Utilities Kingston over the last decade overflows are still occurring, with 2014 being the highest amount since 2004.

So it is that a paradise island in the middle of one of the world's largest hydrological systems thirsts for clean water to drink, swim and fish in.

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2016/3/23
Advisory Report

6 NEW ADVISORIES, 1 ADVISORY LIFTED


BWA:6 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:0
NEW - SK:5 MB:1

There were few water advisories in the past days. In Manitoba, 1 advisory was issued in Pelican Rapids (no reason given). In Saskatchewan, the precautionary advisories for SaskWater Pipelines which had just recently been lifted, were re-issued due to a planned system depressurization; they include Buffalo Pound North and West pipelines, Marquis Rural and Dufferin Water Assocation; a system depressurization is also the cause for the advisory in Sask Landing Provincial Park; in Neudorf the advisory is due to a water main break. In Newfoundland and Labrador 1 advisory was lifted in Rose Blanche-Harbour Le Cou.


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2016/3/19
Advisory Report

22 NEW ADVISORIES, 17 ADVISORIES LIFTED OVER THE PAST WEEK


BWA:20 - DNC:1 - WQA:1 Lifted:17
NEW - BC:4 SK:7 MB:3 ON:1 QC:1 NL:5 NS:1

In British Columbia, a DNC advisory was issued for Canoe due to a spill containing glue and fuel products into Shuswap Lake. A WQA advisory was issued for residents who draw water from the Hullcar Aquifer in Spallumcheen due to nitrate levels just above acceptable levels as set out by the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. Boil water notices were issued for the Mt Timothy Ski Area in Lac La Hache (positive E.coli/coliform, office building only) and for Pritchard (E.coli/coliform); advisories were lifted for Aldergrove Regional Park in Langley, Ruslan Developments in Fort St James and Mabel Lake.

In Saskatchewan, 7 new precautionary drinking water advisories were issued, in Albertville (lines replacement at water plant), Bridlewood Estates (no certified operator), Candle Lake (unapproved waterworks), Halbrite (system depressurization), Macklin (portion watermain break), Medstead (line break/depressurization) and Rose Valley (portion, water main break); 4 advisories were lifted, in Elstow, Marquis Rural, Meath Park and for the Saskatoon East Pipeline. In Manitoba, 3 BWAs were issued in Clearwater, Nelson House and Pine Dock (no reasons given).
In Ontario, a boil water advisory was put in effect for Stoney Creek Trailer Park in Lindsay (no reason given). In Québec, a BWA was issued in Kipawa (bacteriological contamination); advisories were removed for Domaine Aylmer in Stratford, the Montcalm (Community Centre), and Shigawake School in Port Daniel-Gascons.

In Nova Scotia there is a new boil water advisory for the La Have Manor in Dayspring (no reason given); advisories were lifted for CSAP in Meteghan and Wiles Trailer Park in Falmouth. In Newfoundland and Labrador, new boil water advisories were put in effect in Cavendish/ Whiteway (maintenance/repairs), Musgrave Harbour (distribution maintenance or repairs), Pynn's Brook (low chlorine residuals) and St Pauls (distribution maintenance or repairs); advisories were lifted in Anchor Point and Corner Brook.



2016/3/16
BWA of the day

FORT MCMURRAY: DRINKING WATER IN AN OIL DOWNTURN


On March 6, Alberta Health Services issued a precautionary boil water advisory for part of Gregoire, a neighbourhood in Fort McMurray, within the Regional Muncipality of Wood Buffalo.

The advisory was due to a leak on one of the main transmission lines in the neighbourhood. The line was quickly repaired and the advisory lifted on March 9 after two samples of water taken 24 hours apart came back negative from the Edmonton lab.

"The leak raised two concerns about the water quality. One was the possibility that groundwater had leaked into the pipe while water service was shut off for repair. Another was that mineral and sand deposits built up over time in the pipe might be dislodged when service was turned back on and water rushed through the pipe once again," said Travis Kendal, Wood Buffalo's manager of sustainable operations to Fort McMurray Today.

As there have been few if any boil water advisories in the Fort McMurray region, WaterToday sent email questions to the muncipality's spokesperson, Aimée Harper, to find out more about the water/wastwater situation in the oil sands capital.

WT:What caused the line to break, this seems to be an isolated event?

The repair was on a 300mm ductile iron line that was installed in 1974. Our field staff reported the leak to be a result of corrosion; however, seasonal temperature change may have added to and compounded the cause of the break.

WT: What is the age of most of the water mains in Wood Buffalo?

Our oldest infrastructure dates back to the early 1960's; it's very young by North America standards. As a result of the booming population over the last 30 years, we have installed a lot of infrastructure in recent decades; the average age of our water distribution system is approximately 20-30 years old. Most municipal infrastructure, including water and sewer lines, are designed to last 50-70 years before they are in need of replacement or rehabilitation; our oldest infrastructure is just nearing the end of its design life.

WT:You recently completed the first stages of a LEED Wastewater treatment upgrade to accommodate more people and the increase in trucked sewage, will you be proceeding with phase 3?

Yes, upgrades will progress, but only as they are required. Fort McMurray's Water and Wastewater treatment systems are currently sized for a total population of approximately 133,000. As population increases, the Municipality will progress with expansions and upgrades within the community as they are required. These upgrades can take multiple years to be designed, constructed, and commissioned. You may see projects start well before we reach a population of 133,000 within Fort McMurray.

WT:Both your water and wastewater master plans are based on population growth, what impact will the recent downturn in the local economy have on these plans?

Most water and wastewater facilities are built to service existing or near-future populations. The construction and/or expansion of those facilities is generally somewhat dependent on population and projected growth. In the event of a change in population or projected growth, the expansion of facilities may be deferred until population and/or population growth triggers the need for that expansion. If we see a decrease in population growth as a result of the downturn in the economy, we will very likely also see water and wastewater expansions that are currently scheduled for 2018 or later be deferred.

According to a local real estate agent, mymcmurrayhomes.com, Gregoire real estate mainly spawned from the influx of oil field workers in Fort McMurray. Most residents in this quickly growing neighbourhood work in the oil sands, and most available housing comes in the form of condos and temporary trailers. Only 10 minutes to downtown Fort McMurray, this is an ideal living option for commuters.



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2016/3/15
Blue-green algae

NSF CERTIFIES FIRST MICROCYSTIN FILTERS FOR DRINKING WATER

Protocol certifies products effective at decreasing microcystin from blue-green algae in drinking water to below EPA health advisory levels

Global public health organization NSF International has developed a test method - NSF Protocol 477: Drinking Water Treatment Units - Microcystin - that verifies a water filter's ability to reduce microcystin to below the health advisory levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The first products to earn certification to the protocol are Access Business Group's eSpring models 100185, 100188 and 100189 and Coway Co., Ltd. models CIFN11-PLUS, CIFN11S-PLUS, CIFN14-PLUS, CIFN8-PLUS and CIFN85-PLUS.

Microcystin is the most common type of cyanotoxin, a group of chemical contaminants formed by blue-green algae. Warm weather along with the right nutrients in lakes, such as phosphates from agricultural runoff, create the perfect environment for the exponential growth of blue-green algae, also known as harmful algae blooms or HABs. HABs can lead to toxic concentrations of cyanotoxins, especially microcystin, that can overwhelm public water treatment systems. The presence of HABs have been identified across the globe.

NSF International developed the microcystin test protocol at the request of regulatory agencies concerned about communities with elevated levels of microcystin in the lakes and rivers that serve as their primary source for public drinking water. Water filters certified to NSF Protocol 477: Drinking Water Treatment Units - Microcystin are designed to provide an additional barrier of protection against microcystin and to supplement the treatment of municipal drinking water. If the water utility notifies the public of a cyanotoxin event, people using the municipal water system should always follow the instructions from the utility even if a certified filter is in place.

To earn NSF International certification, water treatment systems including water filters must undergo extensive testing to confirm that they meet the strict requirements of NSF/ANSI 53, an American National Standard for drinking water treatment units. In addition to verifying that the system is structurally sound, NSF verifies that:
    The contaminant reduction claims such as microcystin reduction shown on the label are true.
    The system does not add anything harmful to the water.
    The product labeling, advertising and literature are not misleading.
To make a microcystin reduction claim, a water filter must be able to reduce microcystin to below the EPA health advisory limit for infants and young children which is currently set at 0.3 parts per billion. Products must be retested periodically and re-certified every year, which ensures that products continue to meet all requirements over time.

There are plans to expand NSF Protocol 477 to include requirements for other cyanotoxins such as anatoxin-a and cylindrospermopsin in the future.

NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org).



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2016/3/12
Advisory Report


11 NEW WATER ADVISORIES, LEAD IN PEMBERTON, PFAS IN MISSISSIPPI MILLS


BWA:10 - DNC:0 - WQA:1 Lifted:15
NEW - BC:4 SK:2 MB:1 NS:4

In Pemberton, BC water tests from 20 homes found lead levels as high as six times the maximum acceptable concentration of 0.010mg/L, under Canadian guidelines. Results showed that the low pH of Pemberton's water is interacting with the plumbing fittings and fixtures of some houses to produce elevated levels of lead in drinking water. This is hardly news. In 2007, concerns were raised by residents that pipes and water tanks were failing because of the acidic water supply.
In Misssissippi Mills, ON recent Health Canada tests reveal the presence of low level toxic chemicals found in firefighting foams (PFAS) in the tap water of homes neighbouring a fire safety testing facility which has been operated by the National Research Council (NRC) since 1981. Though litttle is known about the long-term effects on humans of PFAS, short-term exposure to very low levels isn't expected to have health effects, according to Health Canada, but the NRC is distributing bottled water and filters to residents in the area. - (source:CBC)

In the rest of the country, there are 11 new water advisories and 14 lifted ones.

In British Columbia, 4 advisories were issued in Small Drinking Water Systems (SDWS) for the Aldergrove Regional Park in Langley (equipment malfunction), Langley Grove Estates (power outage causing low chlorine residuals), Mayne Island Fire Hall (adverse test results) and Mamette Lake Trailer Park (WQA, total coliforms; the turbidity advisories in Courtenay, Comox and all users of the Comox Valley waterworks have been lifted. In Alberta, the advisory in Gregoire has ben removed. In Saskatchewan, 2 precautionary advisories were issued in Humboldt (portion, water main break), and Meath Park (distribution pump replacement); 5 advisories were removed, in Bulyea, Dufferin, Hodgeville, SaskWater Buffalo Pound N and W pipelines and Togo. In Manitoba, there is a new BWA for the Teulon Motor Hotel semi-public water system (no reason given); the advisory for the Blumenfeld Hochfeld Water Co-op in Stanley is removed.

In New Brunswick the advisory for the Parkside Estates Trailer Park in Quispamsis is lifted. In Nova Scotia, 4 advisories were issued for public individual water systems, for the Albert Bridge Fire Department, La Have Bakery, Two Rivers Park-Camground in Huntington and Wagner's Country Store in Brighton; 5 advisories were removed for Compass Rose Salon and Lunches in Chester, Mountainview Estates, Well 2 in Lake Echo, Vittles Take Out in New Ross and the Saulnierville Base.



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2016/3/10
Water News


SASK WATER SECURITY AGENCY TO SHORE UP WATER LEVELS IN RECREATIONAL LAKES


With a view to ensuring that recreational Lakes in the Qu'Appelle watershed have enough water for the summer, Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency (WSA) announced on Wednesday that it would soon be be operating various water control structures. According to the WSA, this initiative is needed because this year's spring runoff is well below normal.

The Water Security Agency (WSA) regulates the operation of all water control structures in the province; it operates and maintains 45 dams in Saskatchewan including the four major dams; Gardiner Dam, Qu'Appelle Dam, Rafferty Dam and Alameda Dam.

In February, the WSA said that the snowpack across most of the province was below normal with the exception of an area in east central Saskatchewan, northwest of Yorkton, which is near normal. The snowpack south of the South Saskatchewan and Qu'Appelle Rivers has been almost completely depleted through a series of mid-winter melts. Runoff is forecast to be below or well below normal for the entire province.

WSA will be operating the Craven, Echo Lake, and Crooked Lake control structures this week to store water in an effort to bring Last Mountain, Pasqua, Echo, and Crooked Lakes near the top of their desirable summer operating ranges.

"This is fairly common during spring runoff,' said WSA spokesperson, Patrick Boyle, in an email. "Operating the structure will limit the outflow of some lakes, leading to short term increases in the levels of lakes upstream and short term decreases in lake levels downstream."

The WSA also warned that all that movement will affect ice conditions.

"Changing lake levels combined with thinner-than-normal ice cover due to the mild winter may result in extremely hazardous conditions on the Qu'Appelle Lakes," the agency said.



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2016/3/8
Water News


WATER ISSUES IN NORTH AND SOUTH OKANAGAN


In North Okanagan, the Steele Springs Waterworks District (SSWD), north of Armstrong, has been under water quality advisory for two years; nitrate levels in its water source have reached a level that is above the 10 ppm that is considered safe for drinking water, and the people connected to the system want something done about it. The water source is surrounded by agriculture and the SSWD feels strongly that the animal waste being spread on the ground is the source of their water quality problems. Legitimately concerned about their drinking water, locals say they cannot get answers from the government concerning the test results or the documents that were used to allow the manure spraying in the first place.

The SSWD is considering its option, it agreed to apply to join the township's long-term water strategy, including the possibility of hooking up to the City of Armstrong's water supply, but that process could take a long time, maybe years.

In South Okanagan, it is the town of Oliver that is under the gun; according to a notice on the town's website, on January 25, 2016 there was a rockfall/landslide in the early morning that caused damages to the Town of Oliver's Irrigation Canal, cracking portions of 78" reinforced concrete siphon pipe. The pipe is part of a flume system supplying Okanagan River water to about 600 agricultural and industrial users, mostly fruit orchards and vineyards which stand to lose $20 to $30 million if a timely solution isn't found.

The Town has been working on a plan to fix this problem as soon as possible and has been working with engineering and a geotechnical consultants to determine the safest and quickest way to repair the damaged area before irrigation season starts in early April.

One possible temporary solution is to draw water from the town's domestic wells to feed the irrigation system, but because of possible cross-contamination issues between the two systems, that would likely mean a boil water advisory for all Oliver area households. Another possibility is to fill the irrigation system with water drawn from Gallagher Lake but that option has not been confirmed.

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2016/3/8
Advisory Report

17 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES, 11 LIFTED


BWA:17 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:11
NEW - BC:7 AB:1 SK:6 QC:1 ON:1 NB:1 Ns:2

In British Columbia, the towns of Courtenay, Comox and Comox Valley are under boil water advisory due to uncceptable levels of turbidity; boil notices were also issued for 4 small drinking water systems (SDWS) for Apex Mountain Resort in Penticton (line break), Heather Mountain Lodge in Golden (Coliforms), Watutco Enterprises in Black Creek (turbidity) and All Fun Recreation in Langford (water does not meet DWPR standards). In Alberta, a BWA was isssued for a portion of Gregoire due to a waterline break.

In Saskatchewan, there are 6 new precautionary advisories; they include Bulyea (commissioning upgrades), Marquis Rural (Depressurization), SaskWater Buffalo Pound N. and W. (planned depressurization), Sunset Estates in Saskatoon (water main break), Togo (line break/loss of pressure) and White City (portion, depressurization). In Manitoba, 3 boil water advisories were lifted in Brochet, Clearwater and Russell. In Quebec, 1 new advisory was issued for Petit Matane due to a water main break.

In Nova Scotia there are 2 new advisories in public individual water systems for the CSAP- Conseil scolaire acadien provincial in Meteghan and the Royal Canadian Legion in Watt Section; 2 advisories were lifted for the Kiwi Cafe in Chester and Recardo's Take-out in Ta antallon. In New Brunswick, there is a new BWA for the Parkside Estates Trailer Park in Quispamsis (pump malfunction, loss of pressure); 3 advisories were lifted for the Lakeside Estate Park in Moncton, Grand Falls and St George. In Newfoundland and Labrador, advisories were removed in Corner Brook and Portland Creek.



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2016/3/7
Municipal Drinking Water


MONTRÉAL AGGLOMERATION MAYORS REACH AGREEMENT ON FUNDING AND WATER


Montréal agglomeration mayors reached an agreement to maintain the long-term development of the city's downtown area and to establish a billing method among the cities for potable water that will be based on consumption, solving long-held grievances between Montreal and its suburbs.

Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, and Peter Trent, President of the Association of Suburban Municipalities and Mayor of Westmount, announced the conclusion of the agreement during a press conference at Montréal's city hall on Friday, March 3.

Under the deal, island suburbs will pay $8 million annually (indexed to the cost of living) for development of the downtown sector, and pay for the potable water delivered by the city of Montreal based on consumption not real estate values.

"It was a long and arduous process," says Trent. "The process was initiated in 2011 under former Mayor Gerald Tremblay with whom we met 78 times to no avail. With Mayor Coderrre we had a deal after eight meetings. This agreement solved major irritants within the Montreal agglomeration."

The Montreal Agglomeration grew out of the 2000-2006 municipal reorganization in Quebec which resulted in large scale amalgamation of smaller municipalities into larger cities. Imposed by reigning Parti Quebecois, this did not sit right with many of the amalgamated cities. In 2006, referenda were held and 29 cities disamalgamated or were reconstituted. Fifteen of these reconstituted municipalities, including Westmount are now part of the Montreal Agglomeration, a patchwork of municipalities and layered governance.

Drinking water is a point in case. While Montreal provides treated water to the cities within the agglomeration, each municipality takes care of its own water distribution system.

"Before the great amalgamation, the cost of the water was based on volume but after 2006, the city of Montreal decided to change it to real estate value," says Westmount Mayor Peter Trent. "It was good for Montreal because the real estate values in several of the reconstituted cities are higher. We've been fighting this for years, this is a major step in the right direction, if only from an environmental point of view. Charging for water based on volume will not only motivate us to reduce consumption but also put us on par with as the rest of North America."

According to Trent, the volume of water will have to be estimated to a certain degree because there are still no residential meters in many of the cities including Montreal itself, however by law all institutional, commercial and industrial water has to be metered. He credits Mayor Coderre's leadership for succeeding where former administrations had failed. "He just told his bureaucrats to get it done."

"It's our responsibility as a metropolis to build up partnership and solidarity," said Mayor Coderre at the press conference. "This agreement will provide predictible funding for the downtown core while eliminating red tape. We want to be efficient, we want to make sure that we deliver, I don't understand why it took all those years. Frankly we have to move on. "



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2016/3/3
BWA of the day


NORTH PORTAL, SK & PORTAL, ND - A BORDER RUNS THROUGH THEM


On February 26, the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency issued a precautionary drinking water advisoy for North Portal due to a new unregulated water source. Although unusual, this came as no particular suprise to the 143 citizens of the small Saskatchewan community; the water treatment upgrades and the upcoming advisory had been posted several times on the town's facebook page.

You see, North Portal is a small town; it lies right on the border of North Dakota. In fact, it sits cheek by jowl with Portal, ND, and right now, it is hooked up to its water.

"We have a pretty unique situation here in North Portal," says town administrator, Lindsay Davis. "We have a good relationship with the 'Portalites' across the border and we always try to help each other. So while we upgrade our water system, we're hooked into theirs, which is why a boil water advisory was issued."

This is how Water Security Agency spokesperson, Patrick Boyle explains it, "North Portal shut down its water treatment plant to upgrade the system's capacity and add additional/replacement manganese greens and filtration, which is a common filtration system for groundwater-based systems in the province. While the upgrade is happening, North Portal is receiving water from Portal, N.D., however since we do not have access to water quality information nor an ability to influence the operation of the Portal, N.D. waterworks, a PDWA has been issued."

The North Portal water system is expected to be offline for a few weeks while a new treatment system equipped with electronic monitoring is installed.

"It's not that the town has grown that much," says Lindsay - although more houses have been built and the population is about 160 now - it's more that the Canadian Border Agency has its primary and busiest 24-hour land border crossing in North Portal. Then there is the CP Rest House which hosts Canadian and US train crews when they reach the border and can no longer operate in the other country. All and all, it was getting to the point where the town was using more water than we could filter. Besides, even though it had been upgraded several times, the old plant dated back to the 60s."

According to Lindsay, North Portal shares more than its water with Portal, the two towns actually share a common golf course, where the Club House is in the US and the entrance in Canada; on the 9th hole you tee off in Canada and land in the US and, as they say locally, with North Dakota on Daylight Saving Time and Sask not, it takes the ball one hour to land.



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2016/3/2
Advisory Report


MAJOR BREACH LEADS TO WATER OUTAGE AND BWA IN RUSSELL, MB


BWA:8 - DNC:1 - WQA:0 Lifted:9
NEW - SK:1 MB:1 QC 2 ON:1 NB:3 NL:1

On February 28, there was a major breach in the town of Russell's water system. The Public Works department initially had a hard time locating the break and asked residents to conserve water and notify them of any abnormality such as discolored water or reduced pressure. On February 29, the break had been found and workers cut off the water to houses on Memorial Avenue from Russell to Mather Street where they suspected it was located.

"I believe they are repairing it right now, but our CAO is the person you should speak to," said the town's assistant CAO. "We are compiling the numbers and I believe the advisory affects about 30 people. Someone was sent door-to-door to make sure affected residents were aware of the situation." The advisory is still in effect on Wednesday. Residents are kept updated on the town's website.

Russell is located in southwest Manitoba; it is approximately 15 km from the Saskatchewan border and 340 km northwest of Winnipeg. Russell is the home of Manitoba's Beef and Barley Festival, which is held annually in October to celebrate the region's strong agricultural tradition.


Elsewhere in Manitoba, the BWA issued in Paradise Village on February 16 has been lifted. In British Columbia, 3 advisories were lifted, in the town of Lake Cowichan, and for Aldergrove Regional Park and Fraser Common Farm Co-op in Langley, and the Port Coquitlam Hunting & Fishing Club. In Saskatchewan, 1 new advisory was issued in Kannata Valley (incl. Rock Ridge, Valley Ridge, equipment failure); 3 advisories were lifted, in Biggar, Grasswood and Strasbourg.

In Ontario, there is 1 new BWA for Pleasant View Park in Lindsay. In Québec, 2 new advisories were issued for non-municipal systems, a do not consume (DNC) advisory for Le Centre Caroline Roy in Saint-Ludger, and a boil water advisory for Délices des Sucres in Saint-Lin-Laurentides; the Do Not Consume for the École Petite Abeille in Saint-Cyprien was lifted. In New Brunswick, 3 advisories were issued, for Lakeside Estate Park in Moncton (planned power outage), in Grand Falls (water main break) and St George (portion, water main break); 2 advisories were lifted for the Crown & Currie Estates in Waasis and the Hanwell Mini Home Community in Fredericton. In Newfoundland and Labrador, 1 new advisory was issued in Natuashish (Sango Bay, disinfection system off due to maintenance or mechanical failure).

2016/2/29
Advisory Report


8 NEW WATER ADVISORIES, 8 LIFTED ADVISORIES


BWA:7 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:7
NEW - BC:1 SK:4 MB:1 NB:2 NL:1

In British Columbia, a boil water advisory was issued for the Silva Bay Resort & Marina/ Sterling Residences in Gabriola Island (total coliforms/inadequate disinfection). In Saskatchewan, 4 new precautionary advisories were issued in Biggar (portion, water main break), Hodgeville (system depressurization), Intervalley Waterworks (portion, leak repair) and North Portal (non-regulated water source); 3 advisories were removed in Dodsland, Cole Bay and Young. In Manitoba, there is a new BWA in Clearwater (no reason given).

In Québec, advisories were lifted in Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Drummondville (municipal) and for the Normand Leveillé non-municipal system in Drummondville (issued in 2011). In New Brunswick 2 new advisory were issued, in Riverside-Albert (elevated turbidity) and for the Hanwell Mini Home Community in Fredericton (power outage). In Newfoundland and Labrador, there is a new advisory in Corner Brook (maintenance/repairs); advisories were lifted in Burgeo (issued in 2010), Kippens, Main Brook and St Georges.



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2016/2/24
BWAs of the day

NON REPORTING LEADS TO BWA IN NORTHERN COMMUNITIES, MB


BWA:7 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:13
NEW - SK:1 MB:3 NS:1 QC:2

Brochet (pop. 150) is an unincorporated community located in Northern Manitoba on the shore of Reindeer Lake near the Saskatchewan border. On February 22, Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship issued a BWA for Brochet and Ilford another northern community near Thompson.

As no reason was provided for these advisory, WaterToday called the Brochet town office.

"I don't know why we are under boil water advisory, do you Neil?" says CAO Camille Cook before passing the phone over to Neil Thomas in Public Works.

"Yup we are under boil water advisory, but everything is fine. It's just that we haven't sent any water samples to the lab because our agreement with Purolator fell through and we need to find another courrier to send them" says Thomas.

Thomas allows that most peole in the community don't really bother to boil their water. "No we don't treat the water, we don't have to, we're right on the shores of a big lake, Reindeer Lake," he says.

According to an email from a provincial spokesperson, "Manitoba requires communities to test regularly to assure citizens that the water is safe to drink. When the Office of Drinking Water does not get a report (and test results) that assurance is not possible. As a result, a precautionary, temporary BWA is issued until a reported test demonstrates the water is safe. The current advisories do not apply to the neighbouring First Nations communities."

Elsewhere across the country, 7 advisories were issued and 13 lifted.

In Saskatchewan, a new precautionary advisory was issued in Goodeve due to elevated turbidity; advisories were lifted for the Buffalo Pound North and West pipelines, Craven, Cut Knife, Dufferin, Marquis Rural and Raymore. In Manitoba, there is a new BWA for the Blumenfeld Hochfeld Water Co-op in Stanley (no reason given).

In Québec, a preventive boil water advisory was issued in Drummondville due to a water main break; an advisory was also issued for a non-municipal system for the Salon Bar Taram in Notre-Dame-du-Laus (no reason given).

In Nova Scotia, there is one new advisory in a public individual system for the Mountainview Estates Well 2 in Lake Echo (no reason given); 1 advisory was lifted for Shaun's Cafe in Salmon River. In Newfoundland and Labrador the advisory affecting the Trinity Bay North area which includes Catalina, Little Catalina, Port Union and Melrose has been lifted. In New Brunswick, the advisory for the Salmon Rock Subdivision is revoked.




2016/2/22
BWAs of the day

25,000 TOLD TO BOIL IN MONTREAL, QC & 10,000 IN NEW WATERFORD, NS


The City of Montreal has issued a preventive boil water advisory for parts of Outremont, Côte-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, asking 25,000 people to boil their tap water for at least one minute until further notice. Maintenance work on the distribution system which resulted in a serious loss of pressure in the distribution system is the cause of the advisory. See map of affected area

In Nova Scotia, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality's water utility issued a precautionary advisory on Saturday for approximately 10,000 residents in the communities of New Waterford, Scotchtown, River Ryan, New Victoria and Lingan. Adverse test results on one sample precipitated this advisory.



2016/2/20
Advisory Report

23 NEW WATER ADVISORIES, 11 LIFTED ADVISORIES POSTED TODAY


BWA:22 - DNC:1 - WQA:1 Lifted:11
NEW - BC:7 SK:5 MB:2 NB:3 NL:3 NS:1 QC:2

In British Columbia, 6 Boil Water Advisoires and 1 Water Quality Advisory were issued over the past two days in Small Drinking Water Systems; they include Blaylock Estates in Nelson (WQA turbidity), Columbia Gardens Industrial Park in Trail (positive total coliform lab result), Creekside Park in Louis Creek (total coliform lab result), Port Coquitlam Hunting & Fishing Club (unacceptable levels of microbiological contamination), China Creek Marina in Port Alberni (water does not meet DWPR standards), Riondel Commission of Management (water line break) and The Bull River Inn (positive E. Coli lab result).

In Saskatchewan, 5 new precautionary drinking water advisories were issued, in Cole Bay (water plant maintenance), Grasswood (portion, water main break/depressurization), Moosomin (low disinfectant residuals), Raymore (planned water plant maintenance) and Young (water main break); 2 advisories were lifted in Poplar River and Watrous. In Manitoba, 2 new BWAs were issued for Paradise Village (Plant 2, no reason given) and the Silver Birch Resort & Outfitting in Sprague (no reason given).

In Québec, a new advisory was issued for Carignan (large portion, major water main break), and 1 Do Not consume advisory was updated from 2003 for the École des Hauteurs. In New Brunswick there are 3 new boil water advisories, for the Crown & Currie Estates (planned system maintenance), Salmon Rock Subdivision (planned outage, system repairs) and Black's Harbour (power outage/loss of pressure).

In Newfoundland and Labrador, 3 new advisories were issued, in Centreville-Wareham-Trinity (Northwest Pond, maintenance/repairs), Kippens (maintenance/repairs) and Rose Blanche-Harbour Le Cou (disinfection system is off, due to maintenance or mechanical failure); 4 advisories were lifted in Buchans Junction, Burlington (issued December 2010), Centreville-Wareham-Trinity (Southwest Pond) and St Shott's.

In Nova Scotia there is 1 new advisory in a public individual water supply for Recardo's Take-Out in Tantallon (no reason given); 4 advisories were lifted for the Albert Bridge Fire Department, Carrolls Corner Community Centre, Coxheath Office and Depot and Brooks Haven Recreation Centre in Prime Brook.



2016/2/17
Advisory Report

9 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES, 6 OLD DO NOT CONSUME ADVISORIES AND 4 LIFTED ADVISORIES


BWA:9 - DNC:6 - WQA:0 Lifted:4
NEW - BC:1 SK:3 NL:11

Unbeknownst to us, 6 Do not Consume advisories were quietly issued in Newfoundland and Labrador between 2002 and 2015. All of them are for wells in very small communities and some of them are listed in both the Boil Water Advisory list and the Non Consumption one, which for all intents and purposes you would be hard put to find.

The advisories include Bunyans Cove (#2 well), Chance Cove (Eugene Smith Well, New Housing Area Well, Olive Smith Well and Angus Brace Well) and Carbonear (#3 Well) for aresenic levels exceeding 0.01mg/L; Deep Bight and Petley for having an unapproved water supply due to water shortage; and Ship Cove-Lower Cover-Jerry's Nose (Bernard Brake well) for lead levels exceeding 0.01mg/L. Boil Water Advisories were also issued for Trinity Bay North including Catalina, Little Catalina, Melrose and Port Union due to maintenance or repairs; 1 advisory was lifted in Parson's Pond.

In British Columbia, one new BWN was issued for the Ridgewood Improvement District Water System in Nelson due to source water contamination/turbidity. In Saskatchewan, precautionary advisories were issued in Craven (water main break) and for the Dufferin Water Association, the Marquis Rural and the SaskWater Buffalo Pound West and North Water Pipelines due to a planned system-wide depressurization; the advisory in Togo as lifted.

In Manitoba, there is a new BWA for Paradise Village (Plant 2), no reason was provided. In Québec, the advisories in Upton and Lacolle were lifed.


2016/2/12
BWA of the Day

TWO-WEEK DO NOT CONSUME DOWNGRADED TO BWA IN SMALL COASTAL COMMUNITY, NL


No stranger to disaster, the small Newfoundland community of Daniel's Harbour (pop.240) has been hit by five mudslides since 2007, and put under boil water advisory 11 times since 2008.

In April of 2007, the community was devastated while residents watched helplessly as Bruce Biggin's home careened over the edge of a cliff and split into pieces as it crash-landed below. Since then many homes have been condemned and several residents relocated to firmer ground. The town's water source was also switched to an alternate source after the 2008 mudslide as it was deemed to be too close to the new highway by-pass. Studies have on the whole pinned the cause of the mudslides to coastal erosion and weak underlying soil.

A week ago, Daniel's Harbour was once again hit by misfortune when a new Boil Water Advisory was issued under the province's reason code G "Water system compromised by disaster"

"Well, I guess it's not really a disaster," says town clerk, Melda Hann." But about a month ago, the water supply in our alternate source was so low we had to switch back to our original water source. I don't know why exactly but it happens frequently. Maybe, people were letting their taps run to stop the pipes from freezing. In any event, we were put under a "do not consume" advisory for two weeks while the new water source was being tested for chemical contamination."

"Emergency or not, it took them two weeks to get the tests done, and they did not find anything, just a little turbidity," she says. "During all that time we could not drink our tap water, so the Red Cross brought in 10L jugs of water which we delivered to the residents. Each person was allotted 2 litres per day, so a jug would last two and a half days. Now we have to boil until sthey decide to send new samples to the lab."

According to Hann, residents were advised of each new development in this latest saga by letters she put in their postal box.

Located on the Northern Peninsula about 200 km north of Corner Brook, Daniel's Harbour, was a mining town for some seventeen years. With the closure of the zinc mine in 1990 it remains a traditional fishing community, with a natural rock wall protecting the small harbour. The town is surrounded by natural attractions, with interesting and beautiful benches on one side, and breathtaking scenery offered by the Long Range Mountains on the other. (northernpeninsula.ca)



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2016/2/9
Advisory Report


5 VANCOUVER ISLAND ADVISORIES ONLY LISTED ONCE LIFTED

BWA:10 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:19
NEW - BC:1 NS:4 NL:5

In case you're wondering there are no boil water advisories in Comox, Courtenay, Comox Valley and Sayward. They were issued at the end of January due to turbidity and were lifted on the weekend. The advisories were not posted on the Vancouver Island Health's advisory listing while they were in effect, but appeared yesterday after they were lifted. According to VIHA media relations, the long weekend in BC combined with the arrival of a new employee led to the error.

Elsewhere around the country there were 10 new advisories and 19 lifted. In British Columbia, there is new boil water advisory for the Westquarry water system in Nelson Island. In Saskatchewan, 7 precautionary advisories were lifted, in Beauval, Paddockwood, Prince Albert Rural, Sandy Bay, White City and Young. In Manitoba the advisory for the Circling Thunderbird Centre in Winnipeg was lifted.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, 4 advisories were issued in Anchor Point (E.coli detected & confirmed), Benton (maintenance/repairs distribution system), Daniel's Harbour (inadequately treated water introduced into the system due to flooding, cross-contamination or power failure), Hopedale (maintenance/mechanical failure)and Port Saunders (maintenance/mechanical failure); 7 advisories were removed in Burin, Corner Brook, Harry's Harbour, Parson's Pond, Red Harbour, Southern Harbour and Terrenceville.

In Nova Scotia, 4 boil water advisories were issued in public individual water systems for Heather Estates Mini Home Park in Howie Center, Cultural Foods & Services Inc. in Little Brook, Shaun's Cafe and Convenience in Salmon River and Sherose Island Recreation Complex P; 5 advisories were lifted for Terry's Place in Hilden, Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex in Brookfield, La Shoppe Verte in Concession, Big Red's in Western Shore and G. N. Plastics, Well #2 in East Chester


2016/2/8
Advisory Report

COMOX VALLEY BWA AFFECTING 41,000 LIFTED


A Comox Valley boil water notice was removed on Saturday, just over a week after it was issued. The Comox Valley Regional District and Island Health lifted the advisory on Saturday after tests indicated that the water was within drinking water guidelines. The notice was put in effect Jan. 29 after heavy rains led to high turbidity levels in Comox Lake and Puntledge River. About 41,000 people in the Courtenay, Comox and Comox Valley areas were affected.




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2016/2/3
Advisory Report

9 NEW BWAS ISSUED, 5 LIFTED SINCE MONDAY


BWA:9 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:5
NEW - BC:1 SK:3 QC:2 NL:3

In British Columbia 1 new boil water advisory was issued for the Ye Olde Welcome Inn in Gallagher Lake (inadequate monitoring), and 1 advisory was lifted for the Koffee Kettle Cafe in Agssiz. In Alberta the boil water advisory issued for Carmangay was lifted on January 26. In Saskatchewan 3 precautionary advisories were issued, in Climax (valve replacement), Dalmeny (portion, water main break) and Poplar River (planned system maintenance); 1 advisory was lifted in St-Brieux. In Manitoba the advisory for Reston is removed.

In Québec, 2 new municipal advisories were issued, in Saint-Urbain-de-Charlevoix (portion, water main break) and Upton (micro-organisms detected in raw water); the municipality of Sainte-Sophie-d'Halifax was removed from the list of active boil water advisories. In Newfoundland and Labrador there are 3 new boil water advisories, in Centreville-Wareham-Trinity (maintenance/repairs), Main Brook (disinfection system off due to repairs or maintenance) and Red Harbour (low chlorine residuals); 1 advisory was lifted in Burin.




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2016/2/1
BWA of the day

NEVADA SUNRISE ACQUIRES WATER RIGHTS FOR LITHIUM EXPLORATION

On January 28, Nevada Sunrise Gold Corporation announced that it has signed a letter agreement for an option to purchase water rights in the Clayton Valley of Nevada. The pre-existing water rights allow for 1,770 acre/feet of water use for mining and milling per year.

"The acquisition of water rights by Nevada Sunrise is an important step toward the potential development of any lithium brine discoveries on our Clayton Valley exploration properties," said Warren Stanyer, President and CEO of Nevada Sunrise. "We believe that any consumption of water in the Clayton Valley requires valid water rights to meet State regulations, especially in Nevada, the most highly-regulated state for water use in the U.S."

Unfamiliar with mining on the whole, and mining/water use practices in the United States, WaterToday sent Warren Stanyer a few email questions. Our questions and Stanyer's answers are below.
1. You say you acquired an existing license to extract 1,770 acre/feet per year, that's the equivalent of about 576 million gallons of water per year. Where will this water come from, underground or surface water? What is it used for for mainly?
It is underground water and would be used sometime in the future for extraction of lithium from highly saline water, should we be fortunate enough to discover an economic lithium brine deposit.

2. Is there a list of available water licenses in Nevada that a company such as yours would consult to find an existing license?
The Nevada Division of Water Resources in Carson City, NV has lists of water licenses for all of the basins in Nevada, all public domain.

3. Nevada Sunrise paid a non-refundable deposit of US$50,000 to obtain an exclusive 60-day due diligence period, what will you be assessing within this due diligence process?
We will ne examining various details of transfer of title, and regulations regarding the future water use.

4. Nevada Sunrise has the right to re-sell its license within a 10-year period. Does the company expect to extract the lithium for a 10 year period and resell the water licenses once it has finished exploiting the mine?
We will first have to discover a lithium deposit on one of our three properties in the Clayton Valley to determine any timelines for mining. When the opportunity emerged to obtain the water rights, we decided it was prudent to acquire the rights in advance of a potential discovery. However, water rights in Nevada are considered "real property".

5. Do licenses in Nevada have an environmental clause regarding the disposal of any wastewater produced in the lithium mining process?
We expect to re-inject wastewater back into a lithium brine reservoir, which is a new concept based on the use of new lithium extraction technologies that are still in the pilot testing stage. There may be regulations in place for the small amount of oil and gas production in Nevada. I believe that the State of Nevada would welcome re-injection in the case of lithium mining case to minimize drawdown.

Related WaterToday Article
Lithium Mining - The new kid on the block - 7/5/12




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2016/2/1
BWA of the day

NO SOLUTION FOR 30-YEAR OLD BWA ON PICTURE POSTCARD ISLAND, BC


Dodge Cove is a small community on Digby Island in British Columbia; its 37 residents have been under a boil water advisory since 1988. In recent years, possible solutions were explored by the Skeena Charlotte Regional District but all were rejected by the community.

In 2008, the District went through all the steps required for a new water system, including an environmental assessment, consultations with First Nations and even a pilot study to find out what kind of system would work best. But in the end the project was scrapped because most of the residents voted against it. It all came down to the users fees which would have amounted to some $1,400 to $1,700 a year which is higher than the yearly property taxes on the island; most of the residents just could not afford it.

While most of the residents have been living there for over thirty year, John Turner moved to Dodge Cove ten years ago.

"Clean water is the least of our problems right now," he says. "What with the the LNG terminal they are planning to build right next to our water supply and ancient muskeg wetland. They're even planning to build pipelines from Fort John to Prince Rupert and over to the island and back. It's a horror show."

Turner says the community tried several solutions on their own for their drinking water but in the end most just take the ferry to Prince Rupert where they buy large bottles of water. "I had a distiller at home for a while, "he says, "but it felt like I was drinking the most expensive water in the world. It was like having a hot plate on around the clock."

Linking Dodge Cove to the Prince Rupert Airport water system, located on Digby Island, was also explored as a possible fix for the community's drinking water issue. That idea was also dropped.

"The airport is as far away from the community as Prince Rupert," says Turner. "It would have required a very long pipeline to hook us up. So, in the end it is easier to go and get water from Prince Rupert".

According to Turner, most Dodge Cove residents used to have jobs in the fishing industry; the women working in he cannery and the men going out on the fishing boats. But that also came to an end when the canneries were bought and sold offshore by Jim Pattison.

So now most of the residents are retired and live with drinking water they either have to boil or purchase in Prince Rupert, while their island paradise is slowly turned into a liquid gas facility.

"This is a picture post card place," says Turner. "It's why I moved here in the first place. I am hoping with the price of the commodities falling, maybe all these plans will be scrapped."




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2016/1/29
Advisory Report

WATER ISSUES PLAGUE MONTREAL HOSPITALS


BWA:12 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:11
NEW - BC:2 SK:6 NS:3

Montreal's Sainte-Justine Children's Hospital has been without drinkable water for five days, after mysterious black particles were discovered in the tap water, on Monday. A series of tests ruled out the presence of heavy metals or organic materials but the black particles, which are visible to the human eye, remain unidentified. Signs have been put up on water fountains, coffee machines, ice machines and any taps not equipped with special filters to warn staff and patients not to use them.

In November 2015, St- Mary's Hospital had to delay surgeries after discovering black dust on surgical tools. At the time, there was a problem with the water supply in the hospital and it is suspected that the black dust found on the equipment was the result of a chemical reaction during sterilization. In September 2015, just months after opening, the new Montreal Children's Hospital was facing some major plumbing problems of its own, when foul-smelling black sewer water was backing up the drains.

Elsewhere across the country there were 12 new water advisories issued and 11 lifted. In British Columbia, there is a new BWA for the town of Comox and the village of Lytton due to elevated turbidity, and for the Fraser Common Farm COOP in Langley due to equipment malfunction. In Alberta, the village of Carmangay is under BWA due to a problem with the water system. In Saskatchewan there are 6 new precautionary water advisories, in St Brieux (line break, water plant repairs), Radisson (water main break), Prince Albert Rural (portion, line break), Beauval (portion, water main break), Hague (portion, water main break) and Young (new treatment plant start-up).

In Québec, a preventive advisory was issued and lifted this week in Trois-Pistoles, and the advisory for a sector of Shawinigan was rescinded. In Nova Scotia, the weekely report lists 3 new advisories for small drinking water systems; they include the Fox Hollow Child Care Centre in Upper Tantallon, and the Kiwi Cafe and Compass Rose Salon and Lunches in Chester; advisories were removed for the Meteghan Library, Berwick Town Hall and Kent Fields Apart. in Berwick, Big Wedge Pizza in Kentville and Amirault's Hill Complex. In Newfoundland and Labrador advisories were lifted in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Little Bay Islands and Pynn's Brook.




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2016/1/26
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Environment and Climate Change Canada

THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD - ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE CANADA


WaterToday has been contacting federal departments over the past months to see what if anything might change under a new Liberal Goverment.

Although it is early in the game and most ministers have yet to thoroughly assess their portfolio, the answers we got to the questions we specifically addressed to Catherine McKenna, Environment and Climate Change Minister, leave us wondering... You be the judge. Our questions and the minister's answers are below.

Q1. The milestone COP21 agreement has no enforcement mechanism other than a 5-year review procedure, what specific goals does Canada hope to meet and how does it intend to achieve them?
Q2. To be successful the Paris agreement has to have a trickle-down effect, what measures/regulatory framework do you see setting up to ensure that the private sector is on board?


A1. The Government of Canada will also support Canadian communities and the economy by making significant new investments in green infrastructure and clean technologies. Not only will these strategic investments help tackle climate change, they will also create jobs.

All Canadians, including Canadian businesses and members of the civil society, will have an opportunity to be part of the solution and to help build a low-carbon economy.

Q3. While in opposition, the Liberal party was vocal about the lack of a national water act and the need for a department of water at the federal level. Is this still on the agenda?

The Government of Canada has a comprehensive approach to help ensure clean, secure and sustainable water resources for present and future generations.

Water is a shared responsibility. Environment and Climate Change Canada cooperates with other federal departments, provinces, territories, municipalities, Aboriginal peoples, industry, and other interested groups, to protect Canada's fresh and coastal waters.

Environment and Climate Change Canada contributes to the protection of Canada's water resources through monitoring, research, regulation, and involvement in transboundary governance.

Q4. The new Navigation Protection Act eliminates the vast majority of water bodies in Canada. With the proliferation of cyanobacteria due phosphorous and climate change, how can we reduce nutrients when most of the water bodies that carry them are unprotected small streams and ditches?

The Navigation Protection Act (NPA) came into force on April 1, 2014 and protects navigation and navigation safety by regulating works constructed or placed in, on, over, under, through, or across, Canada's busiest navigable waters.

    The NPA: Establishes a scheduled list of Canada's busiest waterways where approval is required for works that risk substantially interfering with navigation.

    Introduces new offences and penalties for non-compliance with the Act.

    Requires builders of works who construct, place, alter, repair, rebuild, remove or decommission a work in a scheduled water, to notify the Minister of Transport.

    Prohibits the depositing or throwing of materials in navigable waters and the dewatering of navigable waters that could impact on navigation.

    Canadian waters will also continue to be protected by Transport Canada's marine safety laws, the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and various provincial statutes.





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2016/1/25
Advisory Report

11 NEW BWAS ISSUED, 14 LIFTED SINCE FRIDAY


BWA:10 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:14
NEW - SK:4 QC:1 NS:2 NL:3

In Saskatchewan, 4 precautionary advisories were issued, in Allan Rural South (portion, line break/depressurization), Prelate (elevated turbidity), Biggar (water main break) and Halbrite (depressurization); 5 advisories were lifted in Bredenbury, Gravelbourg, Milestone, Ogema and Sask Landing Provincial Park.

In Newfoundland and Labrador there are 3 new boil water advisories in Fleur de Lys (low chlorine residuals), Burin (disinfection system off due to repairs or maintenance) and Beaches (maintenance/repairs); 5 advisories were lifted in Cavendish, Jackson's Arm, Mingh's Bight, Ramea, Whiteway. In Nova Scotia, 2 new advisories were issued for the Community Hall in Carroll's Corner and the Don Henderson Sportsplex in Brookfield, no reasons were given for either; no advisories were removed. In New Brunswick, the advisory for the Parkside Estates in Lincoln was removed

There is 1 new advisory in Québec for a portion of Shawinigan (water main break); advisories were lifted for the Restaurant Chez Méo in Saint-Séverin-de-Beauce, Camping International in Lévis and Village des Sources in Rimouski.




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2016/1/21
BWA of the Day

6-MONTH OLD BWA IN CITY-OWNED RESTAURANT LIFTED, QC


Six months ago, a boil water advisory was issued for Chez Méo, a popular diner/dep (convenience store) in Saint-Séverin-de-Beauce, QC due to adverse test results. When we called to ask the owner for more information, we were told that in fact the restaurant belongs to the municipality.

"Oh, it's totally unusual," says general manager Louis-Guillaume Leduc. "But I am sure happy about it. The town bought and restored the restaurant to keep it alive. You see, the population is too low in Saint-Severin to keep a restaurant open. You need at least 500 people. The building also host promotional events and an annual film festival. It works out really well"

According to Leduc, running a restaurant under boil water advisory for over six months is pretty complicated. Bottled water from Aqua Beauce was used for all food prepation, while tap water had to be boiled for washing and cleaning.

"It definitely adds to the chores," he says. "But our water system is now running smoothly and business is picking up . We've started a facebook page and it has really helped business as well. As for why the advisory took so long to be resolved, I would prefer you spoke with the municipality" he says.

"You know how it goes, it all takes time," says public works employee, Jacques-André Cloutier. "We had to wait quite a while to get the parts we needed for the UV filtration system; then we noticed that the part was for a 10-gallon system when ours was a 5-gallon system. We fixed that but then we had to wait about four to six weeks for the provincial environmnet officer to come and double-check that everything was good. Then there were the samples that had to be sent to the lab. It all takes time."

Saint- Séverin-de-Beauce (pop. 290) is located in the Chaudière-Appalaches region of Québec, about 200 km from Montreal. Tourism Chaudiere-Appalaches describes Saint-Séverin as a "hilltop village, with authentic charm, (that) beckons you to come see its cemetery and typical ironwrought crosses, to admire the old fieldstone church, to stroll about the village and fully enjoy the tranquility and spectacular landscapes. While you're there, stop by at Méo's, a friendly gathering place for villagers to get a bite to eat."




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2016/1/19
Advisory Report

4 NEW ADVISORIES ISSUED, 6 LIFTED TODAY


BWA:4 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:12
NEW - SK:4

In Saskatchewan, 4 new advisories were issued in Bredenbury (portion, system depressurization), Elstow (portion, break/depressurization), Gravelbourg (water main repairs/depressurization) and Guernsey (elevated turbidity caused by undetected leak); 1 advisory was removed in Spiritwood.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, 3 advisories were lifted in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Hughes Brook and Natuashish. In Ontario the advisory for the Lougheed Mobile Home Park in Cobourg was removed. In Québec, 1 advisory was lifted in St-Adolphe-d'Howard. In BC, 1 advisory was removed for Sollans Road Pump in Hornby Island.




2016/1/15
Advisory Report

PIZZA PLACE AND TOWN HALL AMONG 6 NEW ADVISORIES IN NOVA SCOTIA


BWA:10 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:11
NEW - BC:1 ON:1 NS:6 SK:2

In Nova Scotia's weekly water advisory report for public individual water systems, there were 5 new boil water advisories for Terry_s Place in Hilden, the Town Hall and Kent Fields Apartments in Berwick, Big Wedge Pizza in Kentville, Admirault's Hill Complex and Brooklyn Estates; 4 advisories were lifted for the Middleton Lions Hall in Nictaux Falls, Dr. J. A. Moore Dentistry in Meteghan River, Enfield Estates, Bonny Lea Farm in Windsor Road and Port Hawkesbury Paper Ltd. in Point Tupper.

In British Columbia, a boil water notice was issued for the water system at 1785 Alberni Highway in Port Alberni (water does not meet presribed standards).

In Saskatchewan, new precautionary advisories were issued in Ogema due to a water main break and for the Ospwakun Sepe School in Brabant Lake (inadequate disinfection/turbidity); advisories were lifted in Alberville, Milestone, Mainprize, St Denis and for Fritshaw Meats in Tisdale.

In Ontario, a bwa was issued for the Lougheed Mobile Home Park in Cobourg (no reason given); the advisory for the General Store and Building at 1873 County Road in Irondale was lifted. In Newfoundland and Labrador, advisories were lifted in Port au Port West-Agathuna-Felix Cove and a portion of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.




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2016/1/13
Advisory Report

NOTE: Nun's Island Advisory lifted

18,000 TOLD TO BOIL ON NUN'S ISLAND, QC


BWA:10 - DNC:0 - WQA:1 Lifted:15
NEW - BC:1 MB:1 QC:1 NL:2 SK:5

Verdun, a borough of the city of Montréal, issued a boil water advisory early Wednesday morning for residents and businesses in the Nun's Island sector. The official story is that there was a loss of pressure in the Nun's Island distribution system and that the precautionary advisory would last 24 hours only, if you called 311, or until further notice if you read the press release. On Tuesday, the French version of Verdun's website (the English version is being updated) mentions that there was also an incident on Nun's Island where a private contractor accidentally broke a major water valve causing loss of pressure, water outages and water discoloration in the Nun's Island area. Residents were told that the situation was resolved and asked to flush their pipes to get rid of the rusty colour. The next day a boil water advisorywas issued in the very same area, and according to comments on Reddit some people were still without water this morning. A call to the city for clarifications has yet to be returned.

Elsewhere around the country 11 advisories were issued and 15 removed. In British Columbia, a Water Quality Advisory was issued for the Mountain Meadows Mobile Home Park in Clearwater (WQA, total coliforms); 6 advisories were removed in small drinking water systems for Peace Vale Dairy Farm in Fort St John, Pine Tree Restaurant in Atlin, Margaret Patchwork in Langley, Jimmi Creek Camp, Pebble Beach Apartments and Skeeter Jack's Outback Shack in Powell River.

In Saskatchewan, new precautionary advisories were issued in Albertville (water plant repairs), Mainprize (maintenance), Marcelin (water main break), Milestone (water quality concerns), Spiritwood (portion, water main break) and St Denis (portion, curb stop repair/depressurization); advisories were lifted in Canora, Cumberland House, Davidson and Stockholm. In Manitoba, 1 advisory was issued in Reston (planned connection to regional waterline).

In Québec, 1 advisory was issued in Nun's Island and 3 preventive advisories were removed in Mirabel, Sutton and Verchères. In Newfoundland and Labrador 2 advisories were issued for different secotrs of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.


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2016/1/8
Advisory Report

11 NEW ADVISORIES, 17 LIFTED TODAY


BWA:11 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:17
NEW - BC:1 MB:1 QC:2 NB:1 NL:3 NS:3

In British Columbia, 1 new advisory was listed for Rocky Point Water Co-op in Monte Creek (positive total coliform lab result); 3 advisories were lifted for Ragley Farm in Sooke, the Skana water system in Mayne Island, Kitty Coleman Provincial Park in Courtenay (issued in 2001) and Wallace Island Provincial Park in Wallace Island (issued in 2009).

In Saskatchewan, no new advisories were issued but several were removed, including Alvena, Arborfield, Bruno, Dubuc, Elrose, Senlac and Weyburn. In Manitoba, there is 1 new BWA for the Pine Falls Office (semi-public WS, no reason given). In Québec, water main breaks triggered preventive boil water advisories in Sutton and Maskinongé; 1 advisory was removed for a non-municipal system in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon.

In New Brunswick, the Oromocto High School is under BWA due to a water main break; 1 advisory was lifted in Caraquet. In Newfoundland and Labrador there are 3 new advisories in Pilley's Island (valve repair), Natuashish (inadequately treated water introduced into system) and Ramea (portion, maintenance/repairs); advisories were lifted in Stephenville and Phillips Head. In Nova Scotia, 3 new advisories were issued for public individual systems for Bonny Lea Farm in Windsor Road, Enfield Estates in Enfield and Middleton Lions Club in Nictaux Falls; advisories were removed for Coxheath Office and Depot and Shatford's By the Sea in Fox Point.



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2016/1/5
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IT'S PIPE BURSTING TIME!


BWA:7 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:2
NEW - NL:1 QC:1 SK:5

When temperatures start fluctuating between warm and below-freezing, pipes start bursting. Today's BWAs are mostly caused by water main breaks. While large cities can usually isolate the broken pipe, in small towns and villages the distribution system often needs to be depressurized to repair a break and a preventive boil water advisory is issued.

Over the past days, there have been 7 water main breaks across the city in Kitchener, but citizens have not been told to boil their tap water. In Montreal, where a water main has broken at one point or another at the corner of Peel and Ste Catherine for the last 6 years, one is currently gushing water at the very same intersection since New Year's Day; no need to panic or boil, it's a "controlled break" and there is no chance of flooding.

Smaller communities have no such luxury. If a pipe breaks, you boil. Such is the case in Saskatchewan where 5 advisories were issued due to water main breaks in Bengough, Canora, Davidson, Sask Landing Provincial Park and St. Brieux; same story in Mirabel, QC and Stephenville, NL. Meanwhile advisories were lifted for the Gyles Campground in Grass River Prov. Park, MB and Roddickton-Bide Arm, NL.



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2016/1/4
Advisory Report

1 NEW ADVISORY, 5 LIFTED TODAY


BWA:0 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:5
There was only one new water advisory issued since the beginning of the year, for a portion of the town of Bruno in Saskatchewan (line repair). 5 advisories were lifted across the country; they include Sainte-Brigide-d'Iberville and Place Sortie 48 inc. in Sainte-Brigide-d'Iberville in Québec; Shorepoint Village in Manitoba; Burton Estates in New Brunswick; and Blaylock Estates in Nelson, BC.





2015/12/31
Advisory Report

NEW ADVISORIES IN SK, MB, NS - POLAR BEAR SWIM MOVED TO OCEAN


BWA:7 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:4
NEW - NS:1 MB:1 SK:5

Only one new water advisoy was issued across Canada since the new year, in Saskatchewan for a samll portion of the town of Bruno due to a line repair. Seven advisories were lifted Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan are reporting new advisories today. In Nova Scotia 1 new advisory was issued for the Kennetcook Pizza & Variety (the previous one for this system was lifted only a month ago, no reason given); 3 advisories were lifted for the Canadian Salt Company in Pugwash, Margaree Forks Waterline and Fraser Mini Home Park in Dayspring. In Manitboa there is a new BWA for Shorepoint Village near Gimli (no reason given).

In Saskatchewan, there are 5 new advisories, in Alvena (repairs to distribution system), Caron (portion, line break), Edenwold (power outage), Cumberland House (water main break) and for the Whitespruce Centre (water main break) near Yorkton.

The Whitespruce Provincial Training Centre, formerly the Orcadia Youth Centre, was officially opened on September 10, 2015.; the facility can house up to 39 male offenders in a minimum security environment. "There are currently 28 inmates, and 6 staff members," says Grace, the facility's receptionist. " We have received the parts to repair the broken water main and meanwhile we are using bottled water."

Victoria' New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim is moving back to sea. The Times Colonist reports that there will be two New Year's swims, one at Dallas Road bluffs, the other at the beach off Lochside Drive just south of Tulista Park. While Elk Lake is the traditional site of the annual polar bear swim, the Capital Regional District issued warnings about the presence of toxin-producing blue green algae in both Elk and Thetis Lakes this year.





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2015/12/29
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POLAR BEAR SWIM CANCELLED DUE TO TOXIC ALGAE BLOOMS


BWA:2 - DNC:0 - WQA:0 Lifted:0
NEW - BC:1 QC:1

Unless a new site can be found at the last minute, Victoria's New Year's Day polar bear swim will be canceled due to the presence of toxic algae (cyanobacteria) blooms in Thetis and Elk Lakes. Polar bear swims have been held at Thetis Lake for the past two years after a similar algae bloom forced the event out of Elk Lake in Saanich, its traditional site since 1976. This year however, toxic cyanobacteria blooms were also found in Thetis Lake.

With a few exceptions, Health Units across the country are not updating their water advisories this week. In British Columbia there is however 1 new advisory reported for the Bell 2 Lodge in Meziadin Lake due to adverse test results. In Québec, the village of Saint-Adolphe-d'Howard is under BWA following a power outage that left the system at risk of contamination due to low chlorine levels.





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2015/12/23
Drinking Water

THE OAK RIDGES MORAINE: DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS?


The Oak Ridges Moraine extends 160 kilometres from the Niagara Escarpment in the west to the Trent River system in the east. Formed 12,000 years ago by advancing and retreating glaciers, 64 rivers or streams begin on the Moraine and run either south directly into Lake Ontario, or north to Lakes Scugog, Simcoe or Georgian Bay (Lake Huron). A landform unique to southern Ontario, the Moraine is constantly under siege as it stands in the path of major urban and industrial development. Have a read.

Wells in 'protected' Oak Ridges Moraine polluted - By: Mary Ormsby - Toronto Star - 12/20/15

This article published on December 20th in the Toronto Star takes an in-depth look at the controversy surrounding the massive Hydro One transformer station project in Carlington and its potential effect on the watershed.


Lakeridge vs Earhtworks - The aerodrome 'loophole" - WaterToday - 2/14/11

When Earthworx started dumping soil from old industrial sites into a rehabilitated gravel pit at 13471 Lakeridge Road in an area of aquifer vulnerability, the township of Scugog sought an injunction. Earthwork's lawyer argued that municipal and provincial bylaws did not apply to aerodromes and airports.

First Lakeridge, Now Greenbank - What's under the runways? - WaterToday- 7/11/12
Another kick at the can.






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2015/12/22
Drinking Water

20 NEW ADVISORIES & 26 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY


BWA: 17 - DNC:0 - WQA: 3 Lifted: 26
NEW - BC: 4 MB: 1 SK: 5 qc: 1 NB: 1 NS: 6

In British Columbia, 3 Water Quality Advisories (WQA) and one Boil Water Notice (BWN) were issued in small drinking water systems; they include Pebble Beach Apartments in Powell River (E.coli), Wild Rose Bay Properties (WQA, turbidity) in Nelson, the Volunteer Fire Department in Swansea Point (WQA, total coliforms) and Woodland Heights in Nelson (WQA total coliforms); the advisory for Brew Bay Improvement District in Powell River was lifted.

In Saskatchewan, there are 5 new boil water advisories, in Elrose (possible contamination of the distribution system), Senlac (portion, line break), Dubuc (treatment plant mechanical failure), for the Weyburn Utility Board-West (portion, water main break), and for the Alive Sky Lodge in Rosetown (total coliforms); 4 advisories have been removed for Albertville, Buffalo Pound North and West Pipelines, Marquis Rural Pipeline, Eileen Miskolczi - Approved Home in Saskatoon and the Cameco Corp. in Cigar Lake. In Manitoba there is 1 new BWA in Island Lake; and the advisory for Grand Rapids School has been lifted.

In Ontario, a preventive BWA was removed in Winchester. In Québec,there is one new advisory for the Village des Sources in Rimouski (no reason given); a 3-month old advisory which affected some 2,800 was finally lifted after two consecutive clean sample results, however the origin of the E.coli in the system has yet to be found; preventive water advisories were also lifted in Baie Comeau, Québec city and Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier.

In Nova Scotia, 6 new advisories were issued for small drinking systems: Country Bread Basket in Brule, Albert Bridge Fire Department, Canadian Salt Company in Pugwash, Dr. J. A. Moore Dentistry in Meteghan River, Fraser Mini Home Park in Dayspring and Port Hawkesbury Paper in Point Tupper. Advisories were lifted for the Coxheath Office and Depot, Two Rivers Wildlife Park in Huntington, Islands Consolidated School in Freeport, Otter Lake Waste Management Facility, Noel Road Willing Workers Community Club and the Beehive Adult Service Centre in Aylesford. In New Brunswick, there is a new advisory for the Burton Estates (planned repairs to water system); the advisory for the Peterson Communities in New Maryland is lifted.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the BWAs in Anchor Point, Belleoram, Benton, Fogo Island, Hermitage, River of Ponds, Stephenville and Jackson's Arm have been rescinded.





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2015/12/18
Drinking Water

HATZIC PRAIRIE 23-YEAR OLD BWA LIFTED, BC


The Hatzic Prairie Water System was put under boil water notice in 1992 because it distributed untreated suface water. The water system had 10 connections and served at most 30 people. It is estimated that there are about 4,000 such small private systmes in BC. The province is working towards connecting users of these small systems to regional district water systems.

The Fraser Valley Regional District established the Hatzic Prairie Water System Service Area in 2007 and since then it has been working towards hooking up the users of the former Hatzic Prairie Water Users to the regulated regional district system.

"The removal of the boil water notice has been a work in progress over the last eight years. The majority of the users of the Hatzic Prairie Water Users group are now connected to a regulated water system operated by the Regional District. After a review of the file it was determined that there was no longer any merit in having this water system listed as a boil water advisory as there are now only two users", said Fraser Health spokesperson Tasleem Juma in an email.

According to Juma, the 2 hold-outs are well aware of the issues related to the old water system and of the past boil water notices.

"One user is a sod farm (agricultural) and the other is the original single family dwelling. The farmer uses alternate sources (bottled, etc) for drinking water. The residents of the single family home, despite our best efforts, have chosen not to be hooked up to the regional district," she says.

In 2014, the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) received an Award from the BC Water and Wastewater Association for its efforts to address known servicing and treatment gaps within the FVRD electoral areas. Since 2006, the FVRD has invested about $20 million to water and sewer upgrades.





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2015/12/17
First Nation Water

A ROAD TO CANADA & CLEAN WATER, FINALLY


Shoal Lake 40, a reserve on the Manitoba-Ontario border, has been under a boil water advisory for the past 18 years, one of the longest anywhere in Canada. The community was cut off from the mainland a century ago in order to construct an aqueduct to carry fresh water to Winnipeg, a new water treatment facility has been prohibitively expensive without an all-season road.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced that the federal government is committed to paying for one third of the project; she will make a formal announcement on Thursday. The province of Manitoba and the city of Winnipeg have already agreed to split the $30 million price tag.
Related information
Water today interviewed Shoal 40's Chief Erwin Redsky in September 2014
'We want to be a part of Canada'





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2015/12/16
Advisory report

DISINFECTION SYSTEM OFF IN LITTLE BAY, NL 110 TOLD TO BOIL


BWA: 3 - DNC:0 - Lifted: 6
NEW - NL: 2 QC: 1

In Newfoundland and Labrador 2 new advisories have been issued since Monday, in Little Bay and Roddickton-Bide Arm. The town of Little Bay (pop. 166) is located in the central part of Newfoundland and Labrador. The population gets its drinking water from two separate ponds, Mine Pond and First Pond; the former serves 56 people, the latter serves 110, both systems are under BWA quite regularly. Right now, it's the users of First Pond who were told to boil after the disinfection system broke down on December 14th. The BWA in Roddickton-Bide Arm was issued due to maintenance/repairs; 1 advisory was removed in Deadman's Bay.



The only other water advisory so far this week is in Baie Comeau, Québec due to a water main break. In British Columbia, 4 advisories in Small Drinking Water Systems (SDWS) were lifted; they include Ruslan Developments in Fort St James, Logpile Lodge in Smithers, Dinner Point in Mayne Island and Sweeny North Road in Gabriola Island.

In Saskatchewan, precautionary advisories were lifted in Canora, Lac Vert and Sylvania. In Manitoba, the advisory for Lake Manitoba Narrows Lodge in Oakview was lifted.





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2015/12/12
Advisory report

BOIL WATER ADVISORY AFFECTING 41,000 IN COMOX VALLEY LIFTED


BWA: 9 - DNC:0 - Lifted: 8
In British Columbia, the Comox Valley Regional District and Island Health have lifted a boil water notice issued on December 4th due to elevated turbidity caused by heavy rains. The advisory affected Courtenay, Comox, and the Comox Valley, Arden, Marsden/Camco, Greaves Crescent, and England Road water local service areas.

In Nova Scotia's small drinking water systems weekly report, there were 4 new boil water advisories issued, they include the Beehive Adult Service Centre in Aylesford, Islands Consolidated School in Freeport, Fenerty Road Preschool in Middle Sackville and Tusket Plaza; no reasons were provided for any of these. 4 advisories were lifted for Sheryl's Bakery & Café and Cyrus Eaton Elementary in Pugwash, Chez Jean Restaurant & Dairy in Belliveau Cove and Fitzgerald's Restaurant in Boularderie East.

In Saskatchewan precautionary advisories were issued in Arborfield (turbidity), Canora (line break), and for users of the Saskwater Buffalo Pound W and N Pipelines (system-wide depressurization) and Leipzig Serenity Retreat in Wilkie (new system start-up); advisories were lifted in Halbrite and Lacadena RM 228 (wells #3 and Luchsinger).

In Newfoundland and Labrador, there is a new advisory in Stephenville (airport only - maintenance/repairs). In Manitoba, the advisory in Moose Lake was removed. In New Brusnwick, the advisory in Black's Harbour is lifted.





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2015/12/10
Advisory report

LINE BREAKS, E.COLI & LOW CHLORINE RESIDUALS CAUSE BWAS TODAY


BWA: 12 - DNC:0 - Lifted: 5
In British Columbia, 3 new boil water notices were issued, for Skeeter Jack's Outback Shack in Powell River (positive E.coli sample), Brew Bay Improvement District in Powell River (positive E.coli sample) and Wild Roses Properties in Eagle Bay (inadequate disinfection/treatment); the advisory for the Bell 2 Lodge in Meziadin is lifted.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, there are 4 new advisories, in Burin (maintenance/repairs), Harry's Harbour (low chlorine residuals), Jackson's Arm (E.coli) and Ming's Bight (low chlorine residuals)

In Saskatchewan precautionary advisories were issued in Albertville (line break/depressurization), Bienfait (water main break), Luseland (hydrant repair) and Melfort (low chlorine residuals); PDWAs were issued and removed this week in Kenaston and Shields; there are 2 advisories effective Friday for the Dufferin Water Co-op (unplanned (!) system depressurization) and the Marquis Rural Water pipeline (system-wide depressurization).

In Manitoba, a BWA was issued for the Mennonite Christian Academy in Gunthal (no reason given). In New Brunswick, there is a new advisory in Black's Harbour (water main break); the advisory for Peterson Communities in New Maryland is lifted. In Ontario, advisories for Presqu'Ile Provincial Park in Brighton and the Camp Inn in Kirkfield were removed from the Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Pine Ridge District Health Unit's list.



2015/12/7
Advisory report

23 YEAR OLD BWA IN BC AMONG THE 15 LIFTED TODAY


BWA: 7 - DNC:1 - Lifted: 15
In British Columbia, Fraser Health has lifted the long-standing BWA for the Hatzic Prairie Water Users in Mission. The advisory was issued in November 1992 due to untreated surface water. In Eagle Bay, the BWA for Wild Rose Properties has been downgraded to a Water Quality Advisory (WQA). In Newfoundland and Labrador, two 6-month long advisories in McCallum (total coliforms, 110 people affected) and Cox's Cove (E.coli, 60 people affected) were removed as well as advisories in Steady Brook and Englee.

In Québec, a do not consume advisory was issued for the community center in Lac-des-Plages (no reason given); 3 advisories were rescinded in small non-municipal water systems, they include Restaurant La Mastigouche in Mandeville, Aqueduc Saint-Charles in St-Léon-le-Grand and La Belle Elena Senior Home in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle. In New Brunswick there is a new advisory for Peterson Communities in New Maryland (power outage) and the advisory in Harvey station is lifted. In Ontario, te BWA for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 357 in Finch is lifted.

In Nova Scotia, 1 advisory was isued for the Fitzgerald's Restaurant in Boularderie East (no reason given); 6 advisories were lifted, for the Northumberland Community Curling Club in Pugwash, Blue Water Building & Library in Sheet Harbour, Kinsac Community Centre/Firestation in Beaver Bank, Chisholms Lodge & Coastal Cottages in Troy, Fraser Mini Home Park in Dayspring and Burton's Sunset Oasis Motel in Bay St Lawrence.

In Saskatchewan 3 new advisories were issued, in Halbrite (linebreak/loss of pressure), Swan Plain (water main break) and for the Approved Home of Eileen Miskolczi in Saskatoon; advisories were removed in Ile-a-la-Crosse and Thode and for the Marquis Rural Water pipeline.



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2015/12/4
Advisory report

BLUE-GREEN ADVISORIES AND PARK ADVISORIES TAKEN OFF OUR MAPS


All summer seasonal advisories have been removed from our maps; in Ontario that includes blue-green advisories and boil water advisories in provincial parks, which are now closed except for the few that remain open for winter camping. In all other provinces, only blue-green advisories have been removed. In British Columbia however, the blue-green algae advisory for Thetis Lake which was issued a week ago remains on the map. Any new blue-green algae advisoriy issued will be posted on our maps. A list of all Summer 2015 blue-green advisories is available here.





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2015/12/2
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DO NOT CONSUME IN QUEBEC SCOOL 1 OF 3 ADVISORIES ISSUED TODAY


Shigawake School in Port-Daniel-Gascons, QC is under water ban. This is not unusual in Québec where the government prefers to issue DNC advisories when it comes to scools. There are currently 6 water bans in scools across the province. The only other BWAs are in Newfoundland and Labrador for Carmanville (maintenance/repairs) and Gander Bay South (maintenance/repairs); a 20-year old advisory which affected 197 people in Forresters Point was also lifted today.

In British Columbia, the on-again-off-again water advisory in Belcarra Park has been lifted again. In Manitoba, the advisory in Cormorant South was removed.



2015/11/30
Advisory report

12 NEW WATER ADVISORIES, 12 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Nova Scotia: 3 boil water advisories in small systems for La Shoppe Verte in Concession, Fraser Mini Home Park in Dayspring and Brooks Haven Recreation Ctr. in Prime Brook; 5 advisories removed, for the Wallace Senior Care in Bible Hill, Around the Bend Restaurant in Meteghan River, River Trail Cottages in Margaree Centre, Sherose Island Recreation Complex and St. Ann's Motel in South Haven.

British Columbia: 2 new BWAs for the Heron Lodge In Quadra Island (deterioration in source water quality, inadequate disinfection) and the Woodland Heights water system in Nelson (cross-connection); 1 advisory removed for Sweeny North Road in Gabriola Island.

Saskatchewan: 5 new precautionary advisories, in Ile-a-la-Crosse (water main break), Sylvania (power outage) and Turnor Lake (turbidity) and for users of the Marquis Rural Water pipeline (depressurization) and the Wood River Utility Board's Gravelbourg NW Pipeline (low disinfection levels); advisories were removed in Abbey and Francis. Manitoba: 1 BWA removed for te Lake Manitoba Cottaes in Oakview. Newfoundland and Labrador new advisories in Conception Harbour (low disinfectant residuals) and St Anthony (maintenance/repairs); 2 advisories removed in Ramea, Deer Lake.



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2015/11/27
Advisory report

FEW ADVISORIES THIS WEEK, EXCEPT FOR BC


There were relatively few water advisories across Canada over the course of this week. Pre-winter maintenance work wich was the reason for most of the many precautionary advisories in Saskatchewan, seems to have abated in the last few weeks. Only 2 advisories were issued since Monday across Sask which is very low for a province that reports on all water issues in systems big and small; the advisories include Abbey (power outage/depressurization) and Francis (power outage/depressurization); 3 advisories were lifted in Indian Head, Weyakwin, and for the Fireside Grill in Christopher Lake.

With the exception of Ramea (portion, maintenance/repairs),the few advisories in Newfoundland were the on-again-off-again ones in small towns such as Fogo Island and Steady Brook; 7 advisories were lifted, in Meadows, Summerside West, Burgeo (Sandbanks Park), Corner Brook ( Mount Moriah), Daniels Harbour, Port Saunders and Cow Head.

In Québec, 1 advisory was issued for Saint-Georges-de-Windsor (total coliforms) and 3 preventive ones due to construction work were issued and lifted in Carignan, Lévis and Yamachiche.

Bucking the trend, British Columbia issued more advisories this week than in the last while; there were a total of 6 new ones including 2 new ones since the ones reported on Monday, in Grindrod (reservoir maintenance) and for the Logpile Lodge in Smithers (adverse test results); the on-and-off advisory for White Pine Beach in Belcarra was lifted again. A first ever blue-green advisory was also issued for Thetis Lake near Victoria. In Manitoba, 1 advisory was issued in Seymourville (no reason given).



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2015/11/26
Advisory report

BWA ISSUED EVERY TWO WEEKS IN SMALL QUÉBEC TOWN


For the past three years, the municipality of Saint-Georges-de-Windsor has been issuing boil water notices every two weeks as a reminder that there is still an advisory in effect. Few people get the notice though, because the water distribution system only serves a small portion of the population.

"The water system serves the church, a few municipal buildings like the community centre, and a residential complex," says administrative assistant, Johanne Coté. " There is no E.coli in the distributed water, only total coliforms, so it's a precaution for people with weak immune systems or health problems."

The trouble started when a new well equipped with a softening system was connected a few years back and it remains a bit of a mystery to this day. While the source water is clean it seems to acquire total coliforms as it gets distributed through the system. The village has hired a consultant to look into it but a solution has yet to be found.

According to its website, Saint-Georges-de-Windsor has a population of 965 inhabitants, 460 homes, 20 shops and more than 40 agricultural companies. It is located about two hours south east of Montreal in the Eastern Townships. Legend has it that te town's patron saint slayed a dragon to save the king's daughter.



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2015/11/24
Advisory report

11 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 16 ADVISORIES REMOVED SINCE FRIDAY IN CANADA


British Columbia: 4 new BWAs were issued in small water systems, for Terravista Water in Windermere (inadequate disinfection/treatment), Rockcliffe at Westsyde in Kamploops (total coliforms), Horsefly Elementary (total coliforms), and Whispering Pines Restaurant in Falkland (E.coli); 2 advisories were lifted in Mount Washington and for the Agate Bay water system in Adams Lake.

Saskatchewan: 1 new precautionary advisory was issued in Indian Head (planned system maintenance); 7 advisories were removed in Biggar, Debden, Greenwater Provincial Park. Radisson, Turnor Lake, Unity and Weldon. Québec, 2 municipal BWAs in Lévis (portion, construction) and Yamachiche (portion, maintenance work), and 1 non-municipal for the Résidence la Belle Elena in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle (no reason given); the do not consume advisory for École Petite Abeille in Saint-Cyprien was lifted.

Newfoundland and Labrador: there are three new boil water advisories in Englee (E.coli), Steady Brook (low chlorine residuals) and Trinity (low chlorine residuals); 5 advisories were removed in Parkers Cove, Humber Arm South, Gillams, Millertown and St Lunaire-Griquet. Manitoba: the BWA for Larters Golf Course in St Andrews has been lifted.







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2015/11/20
Advisory report

10 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 21 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


British Columbia: the advisory issued in Nanaimo due to turbidity is lifted; 3 new BWAs issued in small water systems for Belcarra Park (power outage/treatment failure), Palmer Road Rentals in Powell River (inadequate treatment) and the Sunshine Coast Mobile Home Park in Powell River (excessive turbidity compromising treatment). Manitoba: 2 BWAs issued, in Cormorant and Moose Lake (no reasons given); 1 advisory lifted for the arena in Glenboro.

Saskatchewan: 2 new precautionary advisories, in Unity (portion, line repair) and Weyakwin (valve and line repairs); 5 advisories removed, in Bruno, Indian Head, Lampman, Rosthern and for the Weyakwin Cottage Owners. Ontario: the drinking water advisory in Thamesville and the Do not Use advisory in Newingon are lifted. Québec, 1 advisory lifted in Les Bergeronnes. Newfoundland and Labrador: 2 advisories lifted in Channel-Port-aux-Basques and Corner Brook.

Nova Scotia: 3 new advisoires in public individual water supplies for Cyrus Eaton Elementary School in Pugwash, the Kinsac Community Centre/Firestation in Beaver Bank, and G. N. Plastics, Well #2 in East Chester; 9 advisories lifted, for the Fire Department in Albert Bridge, Mountainview Estates-Well 2 in Lake Echo, Aucoin's Meat Pies/Pates in Grand Etang, Kings Regional Rehab Centre in Cambridge, Pharmasave in Hubbards, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #47 in Grande Anse, Port Hawkesbury Paper GP in Point Tupper, Big Spruce Brewery in Nyanza, and Ceilidhs Variety in Ingonish.







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2015/11/18
Advisory report

7 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 1 ADVISORY REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Ontario: 2 new advisories, a Do Not Use advisory in Newington (oil spill/fire near water well) and a BWA in Thamesville (depressurization caused by new line contruction). British Columbia: 2 new BWAs, in Nanaimo (turbidity) and for the White Pine Beach Resort in Belcarra; 1 advisory lifted for the Kokanee Springs Resort in Crawford Bay.

Saskatchewan: 5 new precautionary advisories, in Biggar (portion, water main break), Nipawin (inadequate chlorine residuals), Radisson (portion, valve installation), Rosthern (portion, valve installation) and Vanscoy Line 2 (planned system mainntenace).

Québec: 1 new boil water advisory in a non-municipal water system for the Manoir des Pins in Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides (no reason given); the advisory in Saint-Jean-de-Matha was lifted.





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2015/11/16
Advisory report

7 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 5 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Saskatchewan: 3 new precautionary advisories, in Debden (line repairs/depressurization), Hyas (E.coli) and for the Cameco Corporation in Rabbit Lake (line break/pressure loss); 4 advisories removed, in Creelman, Duck Lake, Hidden Ridge and St Louis.

British Columbia: 2 new boil water advisories in Small Drinking Water Systems (SDWS) for the Shelter Point Regional Park on Texada Island (excessive turbidity) and Bell 2 Lodge on Meziadin Lake (water does not meet drinking water standard).

Québec: 1 Do Not Consume for École Petite Abeille in Saint-Cyprien (no reason given); water ban lifted in Gatineau's Buckingham sector. Newfoundland and Labrador: 1 advisory issued in Melrose (low chlorine residuals) and 1 removed in Channel-Port-aux-Basques.





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2015/11/13
Advisory report

7 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 15 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


British Columbia: 1 new boil water advisory in a Small Drinking Water Systems (SDWS) for the Dutch Creek WS in Fairmont Hot Springs (inadequate treatment/disinfection). Saskatchewan, 2 precautionary advisories issued, in Hidden Ridge (line break) and Bruno (portion, water main hydrant repair ); 3 advisoies removed in Buffalo Narrows, Makwa, and Wiseton. Québec: 2 new advisories, one Do Not Consume for a portion of Gatineau's Buckingham sector (unidentified contaminated substance) and a BWA in Potton (portion, water main break)

Newfoundland and Labrador: 6 boil water advisory lifted, in Main Brook, Melrose, Trinity Bay North, Port Union, Catalina (+Little Catalina), Happy Valley-Goose Bay. New Brunswick: 1 BWA lifted for the Pinetree Mobile Home Park in Moncton was lifted. Ontario: 1 BWA lifted for the Lougheed Mobile Home Park in Cobourg. Nova Scotia; 3 new boil water advisoriies in public individual water systems, for the Blue Water Building & Library in Sheet Harbour, Chisholm's Lodge & Coastal Cottages in Troy and Port Hawkesbury Paper GP Ltd.in Point Tupper; 4 advisories removed, in New Haven and Neil's Harbour and for Frito Lay Canada in New Minas and Forest Hill Shopping Centre, Well #2 in Head of Jeddore.





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2015/11/12
Do Not Consume Advisory

UNIDENTIFIED SUBSTANCE FOUND IN GATINEAU'S BUCKINGHAM SECTOR WATER


A do not consume, cook, brush teeth or shower with tap water was issued for a part of Buckingham sector in Gatineau on Thursday, November 12. See map. This advisory is still in effect. As soon as we have an update we will let you know.

The City issued a press release around 16:00 on Thursday stating that an unidentified contaminated substance had been found in the Buckhingham area water. According to 311 line operator Sébastien, the city does not know what the contaminated substance is nor how it got into the water system. Automatic alarms went off indicating that there was a problem with the quality of the water. Tests are being conducted to identify the nature and origin of the contamination.

Shower facilities are available at the centre aquatique Lucien-Houle, 580A, rue Maclaren Est.

Update 2015/11/13

BUCKINGHAM WATER BAN STILL ON


Gatineau City Spokesperson, Nancy Villeneuve, says the municipality is waiting for lab test results which they expect to receive tomorrow. As to the origin of the unidentified substance, it is suspected it had something to do with construction work.

Update 2015/11/14

WATER BAN LIFTED


Despite contradictory media releases, one which downgraded the water ban to a preventive boil water advisory , the water ban issued for a portion of Gatineau's Buckingham sector has been lifted.

Yves Melançon, Gatineau's media relations officer, says that two media releases were written Friday evening to prepare for the eventuality that not all test results were received by Saturday. The internal communications breakdown happened on Saturday morning when Gatineau's website announced that the ban was lifted, while a preventive boil water advisory media release was also sent out.

" No, the ban is completely lifted. All test results came back negative this morning," says Melançon.

According to Melançon, two sets of samples were tested for bacteria in the City's in-house laboratory and came back clean. Two other sets of samples, sent to a chemical analysis lab in Montreal, also came back negative on Saturday monrning, although we were initially told that the second set of results was not expected until Monday. The origin of the contaminant remains unknown.





2015/11/12
BWA of the Day

COASTAL COTTAGES AND RETIREMENT HOME AMONG BWAS LISTED IN NOVA SCOTIA


Most of the water advisories in Nova Scotia are in public individual water supplies; the province's last report indicates that there are currently 43 of these in effect across the province.

The government of Nova Scotia describes public drinking water systems as any water supply that is intended to provide the public with potable, piped water and has at least 15 service connections; regularly serves 25 or more persons per day for at least 60 days of the year; or serves any of the following for at least 60 days of the year: a day care facility, a permanent food establishment, a commercial property for the accommodation of the travelling or vacationing public or a property containing more than 4 rental units.

The current boil water advisories include one for Chisolm's Coastal Cottages in Troy and one for the Wallace Retirement Home in Bible Hill.

There are 24 residents in the Wallace Retirement Home, all of whom were provided with bottled water when the BWA was issued on October 30.

"We had to replace the pump in the system and there was a bit of contamination in the water system. But all is back to normal now, the tests came back clean and the advisory is lifted,"says general manager, Andrea Johnstone.

In Troy, the situation is not yet resolved but there are few guests in the cottages at this time of year.

"We had to replace the UV light," says Chisolm's owner James Mac Donald. "There was a crack in the glass cylinder and the bulb was not working properly. We've done the repairs and now we await the results of the lab tests."

According to MacDonald, he personally tests the water every 3-months as per provincial regulations. No training is required of him for this task. Notices were put up and bottled water was provided to the few off-season guests at the resort.

Chisholm's Coastal Cottages are located a short five minute drive from the Canso Causeway which links mainland Nova Scotia to Cape Breton Island. James Mac Donald 's family has lived on this 100-acre oceanfront property for almost two hundred years.





2015/11/11
Advisory report

2 BLUE-GREEN & 6 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 12 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Ontario: The Sudbury District Health Unit has issued 2 new blue-green (cyanobacteria) advisories for Makada Lake and Hanmer Lake, bringing the province's totals to 27. Although blue-green blooms usually diminish when colder temperatures prevail, (Alberta lifted all its advisories a week ago) a blue-green advisory for Makada Lake was previously issued as late as November 19, in 2012; there were no advisories for this lake in 2013 and 2014. This is the first published blue-green advisory for Hanmer Lake.

British Columbia: 2 new boil water advisories in Small Drinking Water Systems (SDWS) for the Creekside Mobile Home Park in Enderby (inadequate protection of intake works), and Ruslan Developments (total coliforms) in Fort St-James; 1 advisory was lifted for the North Arm Pub Grill & Beer Store in Fort St-James. Saskatchewan, 3 precautionary advisories issued, in Duck Lake (portion, line repair), Lampman (emergency valve replacement), Waldheim (portion, service connection repair); 6 advisories lifted, in Bengough, Camp Whitesand Well 3, Glen Ewen, Ituna, Kinistino and McClean.

Newfoundland and Labrador: 1 new boil water advisory in Main Brook (maintenance/repairs); 2 advisories removed in Leading Tickles and McIvers. Québec: a two-month old DNC (do not consume) advisory was lifted for the Maison des Papillons, an early-age daycare in Saint-Georges.

New Brusnwick: 1 new BWA for the Pinetree Mobile Home Park in Moncton (planned power outage); 1 advisory lifted in Riverside-Albert. Manitoba: 2 new advisories in semi-pulbic systems for the Barrier Bay Resort in Seven Sisters Falls (no reason given) and Lake Manitoba Narrows Lodge in Oakview (no reason given).





2015/11/9
Advisory report

11 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 12 ADVISORIES REMOVED SINCE FRIDAY IN CANADA


Saskatchewan, 3 precautionary advisories issued, in McClean (portion, hydrant repair), Kinistino (portion, distribution equipment failure or damage), Togo (planned system maintenance); 5 advisories lifted, in Beechy, Goodsoil, Morse and for the Sun Dale Recreation in Regina and Bear Buck Obsession in Tisdale. Newfoundland and Labrador: 2 new boil water advisories, in Saint-Georges (portion, maintenance/repairs) and Channel-Port-aux-Basques (portion, maintenance/repairs); 1 advisory removed in South Brook.

Manitoba: 2 new BWAs in Odanah (no reason given) and for the Lake Manitoba Narrows Lodge in Oakview (no reason given); 2 advisories lifted for the Circling Thunderbird Centre in Little Grand Rapids and Meadow Green Estates. Nova Scotia: 1 boil water advisory affecting two communites was issued for Neils Harbour and New Haven due to a water main break.

Québec: 1 new advisory for the Aqueduc Saint-Charles in Saint-Léon-le-Grand; 1 advisory lifted in Saint-Bernard. New Brunswick, 1 new advisory for the Pinetree Mobile Home Park in Moncton (planned power outage); 1 advisory removed in Riverside-Albert. Ontario: the advisory for a portion of Brighton is lifted. British Columbia: the advisory for Howe Sound Pulp And Paper in Port Mellon was removed.







2015/11/5
Advisory report

16 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 14 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Newfoundland and Labrador: 4 new advisories were issued in communities where BWAs had just been lifted, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay (portion, power outage), McIvers (maintenance/repairs), Rocky Harbour (maintenance/repairs) and St. Georges (portion, maintenance/repairs); 2 advisories were removed in Trout River and Salvage. Saskatchewan, 3 advisories were issued, in Makwa (distribution header repairs), Buffalo Narrows (portion, depressurization) and St Louis (line break/depressurization); 1 advisoriy was lifted in Duck Lake. Ontario: 1 new BWA for a portion of Brighton (water main break). British Columbia, 1 advisory for Howe Sound Pulp And Paper in Port Mellon (water treatment failure or malfunction).

Québec, 2 BWAs lifted in Sainte-Agathe-de-Lotbinière and for the New Glascow Golf Club in Sainte-Sophie. Manitoba, the BWA in Souris is lifted. New Brunswick, the BWA in Harvey is lifted.

Nova Scotia's weekly water advisory report is out; there are 8 new advisories in public individual water supplies, they include Wallace Senior Care in Bible Hill, Malagash Mines Community Club in Malagash Mine, Lavena's Catch Café in Freeport, River Trail Cottages Unit 6 in Margaree Centre, Pharmasave in Hubbards, Recreation Complex in Sherose Island and Sheryl's Bakery & Café in Pugwash; 8 advisories were removed, for the Ste Anne's Anglican Youth Camp in West Dalhousie, Sunset Residential & Rehabilitation Service in Pugwash, Prospector Pub & Eatery in Mount Uniacke, Kennetcook Pizza & Variety, Avon Heights in Hantsport, Averys Farm Markets in Greenwood, Seniors Apartments in Kingston.





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2015/11/4
The Real Cost of water

ONTARIO INDUSTRIAL WATER FEES, A DROP IN THE BUCKET


Ontario's acting Environmental Commissioner, Ellen Schwartzel, says the provincial government is recovering only a tiny fraction of its management costs for the water supplied to many industries.

In her Annual Report, "Small Things Matter," which covers a cast range of issues from endangered species to plastics in the Great lakes, Schwartzel noted the government recovers only 1.2% of the $16.2 million it spends on water quantity management programs.

"Not only do most industries get a total free ride," says Schwartzel, "but the few industries that do pay are charged only $3.71 for every million litres of water they take. This small charge works out to less than $10 for enough water to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool."

The acting Commissioner also says the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change should be more open and transparent when issuing water-taking permits. "Right now, only about a quarter of all water-taking permits are posted for public comment on the province's Environmental Registry. Permits for municipal or agricultural uses, or ones that last for less than a year, are never shared with the public, and many of these are for high-risk uses."

The low valuation of water is not unique to Ontario. Under British Columbia's current laws, groundwater can be used without government authorization and no annual fees apply, even to large-scale users. B.C.'s Water Sustainability Act (WSA), which comes into effect next January, has been heralded as a major step forward. But experts are raising doubts over whether the newly announced water fees may be too low to cover the cost of the program. In March, over 82,000 people signed a petition against the government's plans to sell B.C.'s water for $2.25 per million litres.

Québec has a somewhat more comprehensive water licensing policy. The province charges $70 per million litres for industries such as water bottling, beverage making, fertilizer and non-metallic mineral preparation, but only $2.50 per million litres for all other industries. While other provinces such as Nova Scotia ($140 per million litres) and Saskatchewan ($46.25 per million litres) charge more for water-taking, it's still just a drop in the bucket.





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2015/11/3
Advisory Report

ALBERTA LIFTS BLUE-GREEN ADVISORIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE


Recent weather has cooled lake and reservoir water temperatures to such an extent that blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is no longer a concern. Effective immediately, Alberta Health Services has lifted all its blue-green algae bloom advisories for the summer/Fall of 2015. There were 27 in all this year, which is 4 less than there were in 2014.

Lifted cyanobacteria advisories include 12 North Zone lakes: Skeleton Lake, Steele Lake, Moonshine Lake, Lac La Nonne, Paddle River Dam Reservoir, Lac Ste. Anne, Stoney Lake, Thunder Lake, Baptiste Lake, North Buck Lake, Lac La Biche Lake and Lake Isle; 5 Edmonton Zone lakes: Hawrelak Park Lake, Jackfish Lake, Lac St. Anne, Lake Isle and Pigeon Lake; 3 Central Zone lakes: Clear Lake, Pigeon Lake and Pine Lake; 4 Calgary Zone lakes: Eagle Lake, Lake McGregor, Severn Creek Reservoir and Twin Valley Reservoir; and 3 South Zone lakes: Bullshead Reservoir (near Medicine Hat) Chain Lakes Reservoir (near Pincher Creek) Henderson Lake (in the city of Lethbridge).

Although the weather is not conducive to swimming at this time of year, Visitors and residents are reminded to never drink or cook with untreated water directly from any lake or reservoir, at any time.

2015/11/3
Advisory Report

4 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 9 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Saskatchewan: 2 new precautionary water advisories, in Allan (portion, valve repair) and for users of the Saskatoon West Pipeline (portion, new piping tie-in); 3 advisories lifted in Oxbow, Pelly and for the Saskatoon Yarrow Youth Farm. Newfoundland and Labrador: 1 new BWA in Humber Arm South (E.coli) and 1 advisory removed in Carmanville.

British Columbia: 1 new BWa in Mount Washington (equipment malfunction).

Quèbc: 3 advisories removed, one municipal in La Rédemption and two non-municipal for Parc du Mont-Comi in Saint-Donat and system X2138738 in Saint-Côme-de-Linière. Manitoba: two advisories removed, in Ilford and for the Health Centre in Glenboro.



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2015/11/2
Advisory Report

1 BLUE-GREEN ALGAE & 19 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 22 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Weekend into Monday report. Late Friday afternoon provincial updates are the norm in many provinces, which explains the high number of water advisories in our Monday report. Nova Scotia: there are 12 new advisories in the province's weekly report on public individual water supplies; they include Sunset Residential & Rehabilitation Service and Northumberland Community Curling Club in Pugwash, Camp Lone Cloud in Fall River, Aucoin's Meats in Grand Etang, Frito Lay Canada in New Minas, KC Restaurant in Western Shore, Big Spruce Brewery in Nyanza, Burton's Sunset Oasis Motel in Bay St Lawrence; 9 advisories were lifted, for the Northside East Bay Volunteer Fire Dept., Lingan Country Club Golf in Grand Lake Road, Camp Cumberland Girl Guide Camp in Middleboro, Caisse Populaire de Clare in Meteghan, Digby Superstore in Conway, Forest Hill Shopping Centre in Head of Jeddore, Mr. Chicken in Cheticamp, Cheticamp Outfitters B&B in Point Cross, Lakeview Dairy Bar in Harmony Mills.

In Ontario; a blue-green algae advisory was re-issued for Upper French River by the Sudbury and District Health Unit; blue-green advisories for Upper French had been issued in September. There are 2 new advisories in Small Drinking Water Systems for Kingsview Estates on Balsam Lake and Lougheed Mobile Home Park in Cobourg (no reason given); 1 advisory was removed in Tay.

In Newfoundland and Labrador: 3 new BWAs issued in Fogo Island (total coliforms), Leading Tickles (lack of disinfectant in system) and Meadows/Summerside West (E.coli); 1 advisory lifted in St Georges. In Québec: 3 new advisories in Les Bergeronnes (total coliforms), Pont-Rouge (non-munic. no details or reason given), B.M Brandon water system in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon (no reason given).

British Columbia: 1 new boil water advisory for the Horse Lake waterworks in 100 Mile House (inadequate disinfection/treatment). In Manitoba: 2 BWAs lifted for the Lost Meadows Resort in Roblin and Meadow Green Estates Well 1 in Onanole.





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2015/10/30
BWA of the Day

2015/10/31 - 17:00 - Avisory Lifted

MAJOR WATER MAIN BREAK TRIGGERS BWA FOR 73,000 MONTREALERS


A 48-inch water main burst early Friday morning in Montreal at Pie IX Blvd. and Villeray Street, in the north-east sector of the city. Before the main could be plugged, thousands of litres of water rushed through a sinkhole in the middle of the street, turning streets into rivers and flooding over a 100 basements. The main was plugged just after 10 a.m. but the boil water advisory is expected to remain in place until at least Monday.

"City crews are having a hard time excavating the area to fix the main," says Montreal spokesperson, Philippe Sabourin. "The area is so soaked, it is difficult for them to set up their equipment without creating a bigger sinkhole."

According to Sabourin, city engineers say the burst pipe was among the most reliable in the system. Made of steel and concrete, it was laid in 1961 and had a life expectancy of 90 years.

"We won't know until the excavation is complete, what triggered the water main break. Crews expect this to take all weekend," says Sabourin.

A full inspection of the area's distribution system was conducted in 2012 to detect any leak in the pipes. None were found. Sabourin also says that there hasn't been any water main breaks in that area for 20 years.

The boil water advisory affects the boroughs of:
1. Saint-Léonard
See Map of Area
2. Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension
See Map of Area

The City of Montreal is also advising residents that Boulevard Pie-IX will remain closed to traffic between Jarry and Jean-Talon, and Rue Villeray will remain closed between Pie-IX and 20e Avenue for an indefinite period.





2015/10/29
Advisory Report

2 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 5 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Manitoba: 1 new BWA for a portion of Souris (no reason given). British Columbia, 1 new advisory for the Horse Lake Waterworks in 100 Mile House due to inadequate disinfection/treatment. Saksatchewan: 2 advisories removed in Kenaston and Laird. Newfoundland and Labrador: 3 advisories lifted in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Rocky Harbour and St Anthony.





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2015/10/28
BWA of the Day

NEW PUMP TO BLAME FOR TOWN'S WATER CONTAMINATION, QC


On October 23, a boil water advisory was issued for Saint-Bernard, QC due to the presence of total coliforms and E.coli bacteria in routine water samples; it was the municipality's first water advisory since 2009 and its second only in eight years.

"Notre eau est toute belle,'says Director General, Marie-Ève Parent. "We just got the results of our new samples today and they're all clear. I will be lifting the advisory tomorrow."

According to Parent, Saint-Bernard's water source is pristine underground water that does not require any treatment.

"We are proud of the quality of our water, we are one of the few communities in Québec allowed to distribute untreated water," she says. "The bacterial contamination was due to the fact that we recently changed the pump on our system. There's not much of a story for you to tell here." .

The region is largely agricultural, mostly beef, pork and chicken farming, and many residents have their own wells. Close to a 1,000 people were affected by the advisory although the town's population is over 2,000.

Saint-Bernard is located on the south shore of the St Lawrence river in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, about 45 minutes south of Québec city.

2015/10/28
Advisory Report

6 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 3 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Québec: 2 new municipal advisories Saint-Jean-de-Matha (portion, no reason given), Rouyn-Noranda (portion, distribution system repairs). Newfoundland and Labrador: 1 new boil water advisory issued for maintenance or repairs in South Brook; 1 advisory lifted in Sunnyside. British Columbia: 1 new advisory for the Sweeny North Road Water System in Gabriola Island (does not meet provincial drinking water standards).

Saskatchewan: 2 precautionary advisories, in Morse (portion, system maintenance) and Hoey (portion, line break/loss of pressure); 2 advisories removed, in Disley and Dufferin.





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2015/10/27
Advisory Report

10 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 3 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Québec: 1 new municipal advisory in Saint-Bernard (total coliforms and E.coli). Ontario: 2 boil water advisories lifted, in Ingersoll and for the Vankleek Hill Livestock Exchange. Newfoundland and Labrador: 2 new boil water advisories issued for maintenance or repairs in Carmanville and Steady Brook; 1 advisory lifted in Mary's Harbour. British Columbia: 1 new advisory for the Gavin Lake Forestry Education Centre in Likely (equipment failure).

Saskatchewan: 6 precautionary advisories, in Beechy (portion, system depressurization), Gravelbourg (Hospital and Pioneer Retirement Villa, water main break), Meath Park (distribution line maintenance), Oxbow (system depressurization), Ituna (effective 10/28/15, planned system maintenance), Weyakwin Cottage Owners Association (Community Hall, total coliforms).





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2015/10/26
Advisory Report

15 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 17 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Saskatchewan: 6 precautionary advisories, in Duck Lake (portion, fire hydrant repairs), Laird (portion, service connection break), Air Ronge (portion, fire hydrant repair), Pelly (system depressurization), Rockglen (portion, valve replacement), St Brieux (portion, maintenance); 12 advisories lifted, in Big River, Buffalo Pound W Pipeline, Carlyle, Coronach, Eston, Frenchman Butte, Marquis Rural, Perdue, Wadena, and for the Heliotrope Farm Worker House in Craven and the Seager Wheeler farm in Rosthern.

Ontario: 1 boil water advisory in Ingersoll (portion, bacterial contamination); 2 BWAs were issued on 10/22 and lifted on 10/23 in Foleyet and Greely. Québec: 3 new advisories in Témiscaming (portion, no reason given), Baie Comeau (portion, intake problem at pumping station), Restaurant la Mastigouche in Mandeville (no reason given; 1 advisory lifted in Saint-Séverin

Newfoundland and Labrador: 2 new boil water advisories, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay (portion, distribution system maintenance/repairs) and St Anthony (maintenance/repairs); advisories were lifted in Happy Adventure and Churchill Falls. Manitoba: 2 new BWAs in Nelson House (public, no reason given) and River Creek Estates in Lockport (semi-public, no reason given); British Columbia: 1 new advisory for the the Sugar Shack in 70 Mile House (inadequate protection of water intake).



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2015/10/22
Advisory Report

18 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 7 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Nova Scotia: according to the province's weekly report, there are 6 new advisories in public individual water supplies, for the Lingan Country Club Golf Course in Grand Lake Road, Digby Superstore in Conway, Chez Jean Restaurant in Belliveau Cove, Mountainview Estates Well 2 in Lake Echo, Seniors Apartments in Kingston and No Frills in Barrington Passage; 2 advisories were removed for the Blue Whale Cafe in St. Bernard and Duncan MacMillan High School in Sheet Harbour.

Saskatchewan: 4 new precautionary drinking water advisories in Dundurn Rural (low chlorine levels in system), Disley (unplanned depressurization), Dufferin (unplanned system depressurization), Ile-a-la-Crosse (reservoir cleaning), Neilburg (distribution pump failure), Gainsborough Happy Hours Club (total coliforms); 2 advisories were removed, in Grasswood and Silton.

Ontario, 1 new Do Not Drink advisory in Foleyet (water main break); 6 blue-green advisories were added to our maps, bringing Ontario's total to 23; they include Lake Bernard, Lake Nipissing, McQuaby Lake, Wasi Lake, Jack Lake and Horseshoe Lake.

Québec, 1 bwa in Montebello (major water main break). In Manitoba, 2 advisories removed in Pelican Rapids and for the Four Seasons Island Resort in Oak Lake. British Columbia: 2 new Boil Water Advisories for Kokanee Springs in Crawford Bay (inadequate disinfection/treatment) and Wild Rose Bay Properties in Eagle Bay (line break).

Newfoundland and Labrador: 2 new advisories in Hughes Brook (maintenance/repairs) and Buchans Junction (total coliforms); 1 advisory was removed in Woody's Point.



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2015/10/21
Advisory Report

8 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 4 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Saskatchewan: 4 new precautionary drinking water advisories for users of Buffalo Pound North and West Pipelines and the Marquis Rural Pipeline (power outage at Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant; also affects rural communities North of Moose Jaw including Parkview, Tuxford, Deisly), Goodsoil (portion, hydrant/valve replacement), Wadena (planned system maintenance).

British Columbia: 2 new Boil Water Advisories for the North Arm Pub Grill & Beer Store in Fort St James (adverse tests results) and the Riondel Commission of Management (unapproved water supply system or construction works); 1 advisory removed for the Shady Rest RV Park in Houston. Québec: 1 new municipal BWA in Sainte-Agathe-de-Lotbinière (no reason given); 1 advisory removed for École Saint-Nom-de-Marie in Sainte-Clotilde.

Newfoundland and Labrador: 1 new advisory in Parson's Pond (maintenance/repairs); 1 advisory lifted in Corner Brook. New Brunswick: 1 advisory removed in Saint John.



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2015/10/20
BWA of the Day

WATER ADVISORY IN GASPE TOWN DRAGS ON AND ON


Bonaventure, QC has been under boil water advisory for a little over a month, since September 18 to be exact. This is unusual for Bonaventure. The town's drinking water comes from an underground source so pure it does not require any treatment. Bonaventure is proud of its water and of its impeccable track record when it comes to water advisories. (Water Today's own records confirm that the municipality has not had one Boil Water Advisory since we started monitoring them in 2006).

Yet on Friday September 18, a considerable amount of total coliforms and E.coli bacteria was detected in the town's water samples during routine testing. A month later, the advisory is still in place. In spite of repeated system flushings with chlorine, the bacteria still lingers in some of the samples, although at much lower levels.

The Québec Ministry of the Environment has advised the town that the BWA will remain in effect until there is zero bacteria in any sample. Residents and businesses are starting to lose patience especially since the source of the contamination remains a mystery and no end to the advisory is in sight.

Bonaventure (pop. 2,775 in 2011), is a town on the Gaspé Peninsula, located on Baie des Chaleurs near the mouth of the Bonaventure River; the river is still noted for its clear, cold water, making it well known as a great place for Atlantic Salmon fishing and recreational canoeing. According to Wikipedia, the first permanent European settlement of Bonaventure was in 1760 by Acadian refugees who had successfully avoided the expulsion of Acadians that had begun in 1755.



2015/10/20
Advisory Report

3 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 13 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Québec: 1 new municipal boil water advisory in Notre-Dame-du-Nord (total coliforms in well water); 4 advisories removed in Adstock, Sainte-Praxède, Val-Alain and for École Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption in Fugèreville. Newfoundland and Labrador: 1 new advisory in St Georges (portion, maintenance/repairs); 2 advisories removed, in Channel-Port-aux-Basques and Norris Point.

Saskatchewan: 1 new precautionary advisory in Big River (portion, water main repairs); 4 advisories removed, in Climax, Frontier, Lac Pelletier Regional Park and Smiley. New Brunswick: the advisory in Alma is rescinded. Ontario: 2 advisories in Small Drinking Water Systems (SDWS) lifted; A.L. MacDonald Grocery in Williamstown and Pinewood water system in Pontypool.



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2015/10/17
Advisory Report

1 BLUE-GREEN ALGAE & 12 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 18 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


Saskatchewan: 7 new precautionary advisories, in Unity (portion, water main repairs), Prince Albert Rural (water main repair), Grenfell (maintenance/repairs), Eston (elevated turbidity), Carlyle (repairs to distribution system), Edenwold (portion, water main break) and Grasswood (portion, line break); 6 advisories removed, in Prud'Homme, Radisson, Beechy, Togo, Kansack, and for the Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford.

Newfoundland and Labrador: 2 new boil water advisories in Churchill Falls and Whiteway/Cavendish (maintenance/repairs); 4 advisories removed in Brighton, Pilley's Island, Rose Blanche-Harbour-le-Cou and Merritt's Harbour. Québec: 3 advisories removed, in Gatineau (Masson-Angers sector), Domaine Boisjoly in Lavaltrie and Villa de la Paix in Chertsey.

Ontario: a fourth Fall season blue-green advisory issued for Moira Lake in Madoc, bringing the province's total to 17. One new advisory in a small drinking water system for Lavoie Funeral Home in St Eugène. Manitoba: 3 BWAs in public water systems lifted, in Paradise Village, Birds Hill Park North in Oakbank and Pine Dock.

British Columbia: 4 BWAs in Small Drinking Water Systems, for Jimmie Creek Camp in Powell River (insufficient water treatment), 3 Valley RV in Yahk (inadequate disinfection / treatment), Tappen Beach Estates and Glacier House Resort in Revelstoke; 2 advisories lifted the Village of Sayward and Noah's Ark Resort in Revelstoke.





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2015/10/16
BWA of the day

WATROUS, HOME OF THE MINERAL SPA & DANCELAND, TO GET REVERSE OSMOSIS, SK


The town of Watrous has been under boil water advisory since October 5, as it readies its water distribution system to accommodate a new reverse osmosis treatment plant. The town first applied for funding to update its water plant in 2008 but it took seven years for the efforts to come to fruition.

"We applied under the old Building Canada Fund which pays a third of th total cost of improvements, but we were not approved. I don't know why, but I guess some projects are and some aren't. We eventually got the funds and now we are almost there," says town administragtor Orrin Redden.

According to Redden, the new plant was an expensive undertaking and water rates are expected to go up. "Most of the residents are happy with the update because, although the current drinking water meets all the health standards, its esthetic quality leaves to be desired. But, you know, there are always some who disagree," he says.

According to a notice on the Watrous website, the Public Wokrs Department is undertaking a foam swabbing program to clean up the water distribution mains before commissioning the new plant. The process involves inserting special foam (polyurethane) swabs into the water main through a fire hydrant. The swab travels along the water main and scrubs the scale encrustations and build-up from the inner pipe wall. The loosened debris is then flushed out.

It was determined that Reverse Osmosis was the best solution for the type of groundwater that feeds Watrous' waterworks. The town pipes are mostly PVC pipes no older than 30 years but 30 per cent of them are still cast iron.

"We should have the reverse osmosis system operating within a couple of weeks. But we will keep the old and the new systems running for two to three months until the new one is fine tuned," says Redden.

Watrous (pop. 1,857 in 2011) is located approximately 100 km east of Saskatoon. Its economy is based on agriculture and tourism, due to its proximity to Manitou Beach, home of the Mineral Spa and Danceland dance hall (known as the "Home of the World Famous Dance Floor Built on Horsehair").





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2015/10/15
Advisory Report

1 NEW BLUE-GREEN ALGAE & 9 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES, 4 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


New Brunswick: 1 new blue-green algae advisory for for McLaughlin Reservoir in Moncton, bringing the province's total to 9. British Columbia: 2 new Boil Water advisories both due to the presence of E.coli, for Bowen Bay Holdings in Bowen Island and the Village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island.

Saskatchewan: 3 new precautionary advisories, in Perdue (portion, hydrant repair), Beechy (portion, depressurization) and for the Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford (water main leak); 2 advisories lifted, in Good Spirit Provincial Park and Ranch Ehrlo Society in Pilot Butte.

Québec: 1 new municipal boil water advisory in Labelle (no reason given); the advisory in Les Escoumins was removed. Nova Scotia: 3 new advisories in public individual water systems, for the Prospector Pub & Eatery in Mount Uniacke, Averys Farm Markets in Greenwood and Kennetcook Pizza & Variety (lifted 10/2 re-issued 10/9) in the town of the same name; 1 advisory removed for Enfield Estates.





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2015/10/14
Advisory Report

5 NEW BOIL WATER ADVISORIES, 19 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


2015/10/14 - Saskatchewan: 4 new precautionary advisories, in Frontier (prolonged power outage/depressurization), Hansforth RM 95 (wells 1 and 3, total coliforms), Ranch Ehrlo Society in Pilot Butte (prolonged power outage/depressurization), Watrous (installation of new reverse osmosis system); 11 advisoires lifted, in Air Ronge, Beechy, Gronlid, Outlook, Bowins Park Well, Gainsborough Library and Swimming Pool, Reciprocity RM 32, Fillmore RM 96, Riverside Hotel in Gainsborough, Stortoaks.

British Columbia: 1 new advisory in Walhachin (inadequate treatment/disinfection); 5 advisories removed, in Fernie, Lake Okanagan Resort, Cinnabar Creek and Fintry Utilities in Kelowna, and 115 Mile Lodge in Lac La Hache. Québec: 3 advisories removed, in Normétal, Camping Domaine du Lac Louise in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford and Motel au Rocher in Cap-Saint-Ignace.

Manitoba: 2 new advisories in public water systems, in Pine Dock and Birdhills Park North (no reasons given). Newfoundland and Labrador: 1 new advisory for another portion of Corner Brook (distribution system repairs).





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2015/10/11
Advisory Report

18 BOIL WATER & 3 BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORIES ISSUED, 14 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


2015/10/11 - Nova Scotia weekly report for Public Individual Water Supplies: 9 BWA issued for Ceilidhs Variety in Victoria, Noel Road Willing Workers Community in Noel Road, Cheticamp Outfitters B&B in Point Cross, Avon Heights in Hantsport, Lily Front Motel & Cottages in First South, Enfield Estates in Enfield, Forest Hill Shopping Centre, Well #2 in Head of Jeddore, The Blue Whale Café in St. Bernard, Around the Bend Restaurant Meteghan River; 10 BWA lifted, Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex in Brookfield, Sheet Harbour Consolidated School, Oldfield Elementary School in Enfield, East St. Margarets School in Indian Harbour, Western Kings Arena in Kingston, Lahave Manor in Dayspring, Clarks Harbour Elementary School , Bay Side Home in Brass Hill, Barrington High School in Oak Park, and Andrew's Pizzeria in Ingonish.

Ontario, 3 new blue-green algae advisories issued bringing the province's total to 16; Lake Asprey and Little Lake Panache in the Sudbury District and Lake West in the Hastings Prince Edward District; a 7 year old BWA lifted for the Cloverdale Links Golf Course in Winchester.

Newfoundland and Labrador, 3 new boil water advisories issued, Daniel's Harbour (disinfection system off due to maintenance or repairs), Hermitage (disinfection system off due to lack of disinfectant), Corner Brook (portion, maintenance or repairs); advisories removed in Fleur de Lys, Miles Cover and St Georges.

Québec, La Rédemption municipal system , Domaine Boisjoly non-municipal system in Lavaltrie ( no reasons given).

British Columbia, Kitimat (turbidity), Wild Rose Bay Properties in Eagle Bay (water quality advisory, turbidity), Ayesha Mosque in Knutsford (inadequate disinfection/treatment). Manitoba, advisory removed for the semi-publicRainbow Beach Provincial Park system. br>




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2015/10/9
Advisory Report

17 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 3 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA


2015/10/9 - British Columbia, 6 advisories in Small Drinking Water Systems: Shady Rest RV Park in Houston (adverse test results), Newkey's R.V. Park in Crawford Bay (no reason given), Mountain Shores Resort in Boswell (no reason given), Lakeview Store and Campground in Gray Creek (no reason given), Echo Valley Ranch & Spa in Clinton (inadequate disinfection/treatment)and Greeny Lake VFD Society Hall in Lac La Hache (source water contamination).

Manitoba, 5 BWAs in semi-public water systems: Lost Meadows Resort in Roblin, Larters Golf Club in St Andrews, Springfield Collegiate Institute and Springfield Middle School, Oakbank Elementary School. Ontario, 1 BWA for the Pinewood Drinking Water System in Pontypool (adverse water sample results).

Saskatchewan, 3 Precautionary Drinking Water Advisories (PDWA): Frenchman Butte (portion, repairs service connection), Kamsack (portion, scheduled maintenance, effective 10/13/15) Norquay (Health Centre, water main repairs); 2 advisories removed in Makwa and Martensville High School. New Brunswick, BWA for Parkside Estates in Lincoln; advisory lifted in Riverside-Albert. Newfoundland and Labrador, one BWA on in Benton (total coliforms), one BWA off in Corner Brook.





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2015/10/7
Advisory Report

LEAD FOUND IN ISLE-AUX-MORTS TAP WATER , DO DOT CONSUME ADVISORY ISSUED, NL


A Do Not Consume advisory was issued Tuesday for the town of Isle-aux-Morts in Newfoundland and Labrador due to the high levels of lead found in the town's tap water. The town had already been under a boil water advisory since August 28, for maintenance and repairs. This is par for the course for the 600 residents of this small town on the South West coast of Newfoundland Island.

" I'm not a technical person," says town Clerk Lydia Francis. " But I am reponsible for telling our residents what is going on. What I understand is that the chlorine in the system is so high that the PH level is down, which is causing lead to leach from our pipes."

According to Francis, the town's chlorination system is automated and needs to be readjusted when the seasons and the water temperature change.

In an email, Newfoundland Environment Director of Water Resources Management, Haseen Khan says "There are no lead pipes in Isle-aux-Morts but it is an old system where the use of lead solder in plumbing and brass fittings was the common practice."

"The government forgot our coast. The pipes are so old, 50 years old, so it happens quite often," she says.

Residents are advised not to use tap water for drinking, cooking or preparing food and ice cubes. Alternate sources of water include the town's Potable Water Dispensing Unit ,water from an approved and tested well, or bottled water.

Isle-aux-Morts, or the "Island of the Dead", sits on a rugged coastline dotted with shipwrecks. Its name evokes the hundreds of lives that have been lost off the Isle aux Morts coast throughout the years.

In the 1970s and 1980s the town, like many others in Newfoundland thrived on the fishing industry and the peak population in the 1980s was near 1200. Currently the town contains one convenience store, a local bar and a school housing students from kindergarten to grade 9. - Wikipedia



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2015/10/7
Advisory Report

3 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 6 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA

2015/10/7 - Saskatchewan, 2 new precautionary advisories, Canora (portion, planned system maintenance), Sled Lake (valve replacement) ; 2 advisories removed, Simspon, Country Style Bakery, Martensville. British Columbia 1 new Boil Water Advisoy (BWA) Kitchener Improvement District (repairs /maintenance); 1 advisory removed, Golden Ears Provincial Park, Maple Ridge.

New Brunswick , 2 BWA removed: Doaktown, St Stephen. Newfoundland/Labrador 1 removed : Happy Valley-Goose Bay.





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2015/10/6
Advisory Report

6 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 5 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA

2015/10/6 - In Saskatchewan there are 2 new precautionary advisories, in Beechy (portion, depressurization) and Outlook (expanded to all residents, depressurization); 2 advisories were lifted, in Rosthern and for the Cameco Mill in Rabbit Lake. There are 2 new Boil Water Advisories (BWA) in Newfoundland and Labrador in St Georges (portion, maintenance/repairs) and Cow Head (maintenance/repairs).

In Ontario, there is a new boil water advisory for the Muskoka All Season Resort in Dorset (no reason given). A new advisory was issued for Paradise Village (water plant 2, no reason given) in Manitoba.

In British Columbia, 2 advisories were lifted for Beach Camp in Harrison Mills and the Golden Arrow Mobile Park in Okanagan Falls. In New Brunswick, the advisory for the Hanwell Mini Home Community was removed.





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2015/10/3
Advisory Report

9 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 10 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA

2015/10/3 - In Newfoundland and Labrador, 5 advisories were posted late Friday, in Port Saunders (total coliforms), Norris Point (maintenance/repairs), Gillams (total coliforms), Irishtown-Summerside (no free chlorine residual), Channel Port-aux-Basques (portion, maintenance/repairs); 6 advisories were removed, in Burin, Channel-Port-aux-Basques (portion), Dover, Hare Bay, Ferryland and Red Harbour.

In Saskatchewan there is one new precautionary advisory for a portion of Radisson due to a water main break; advisories were lifted in McLean and Indian Head Air. There is another do not consume advisory for École Saint-Bruno in Saint-Bruno-de-Kamouraska, bringing the number of schools under do not consume advisory in the province to seven; municipal advisories were lifted in Chute-aux-Outardes and Ragueneau.

In British Columbia, 2 new advisories were issued for Missezula Lake Waterworks District in Princeton (equipment failure) andQueen of Peace Monastery in Squamish (E.coli).





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2015/10/2
Advisory Report

26 BOIL WATER ADVISORIES ISSUED, 14 ADVISORIES REMOVED TODAY IN CANADA

2015/10/2 - Nova Scotia has published its weekly advisory update; there are 12 new boil water advisories in public individual water systems, they include Mira Water Park and Trailer Park in Marion Bridge, Saulnierville Base, East St. Margarets School in Indian Harbour, the Parish Hall in St. Joseph Du Moine, Look Off Family Campground in Arlington, Lahave Manor in Dayspring, Glen Lovat Golf Club in Frasers Mountain, Elementary Shool in Clarks Harbour, Bay Side Home in Brass Hill, Barrington High School in Oak Park and Andrew's Pizzeria and Ceilidhs Variety in Ingonish; 6 advisories were removed for the Inn the Elms in Pugwash, Shatford Memorial Elementary School in Hubbards, Kennetcook Pizza & Variety in Kennetcook, Ross Farm Museum in New Ross, Ivor MacDonald Memorial Arena in Thorburn and Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill in Summerville Centre.

In Saskatchewan there are 6 new precautionary advisories in Air Ronge (portion, fire hydrant repair), Blaine Lake (portion, water main break), Buffalo Pound Provincial Park (inadequate disinfection residual), Glen Ewen (chlorination equipment failure), Gronlid (system depressurization) and for the Valley View Centre in Moose Jaw (water main break); 4 advisories were removed in Easton, Kelliher, Pilger and Rosthern (portion).

In British Columbia, 2 new advisories were issued for Christina Lake Water Suppliers (source water contamination) and Spruce Grove Resort in Fairmont Hot Springs (source water contamination); 3 advisories were lifted for Widgeon Marsh Regional Park in Coquitlam, and Valley Mobile Park and Maydean Mobile Home Park in Salmon Arm.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, 2 advisories issued in mid-september have been added to our list: Sunnyside (total coliforms)and Deadmans Bay (total coliforms). In Ontario, there are two new advisories in Small Drinking Water Systems, for the Whispering Pines Cookhouse in Curran and Killoran's Foodland in Little Britain.







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