Water Advisory Report
WATER ADVISORY YEAR END REVIEW 2017:
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NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA'S OCEAN PLAYGROUND RANKS FIFTH IN COUNTRY, AND SECOND IN REGION
By Cori Marshall
Over the course of 2017, we have reported on numerous water-related issues in Nova Scotia. Coverage in the province was wide-ranging, for example, WaterToday reported on the Sydney Tar Ponds in December, and back in May, we reported on the long-term drinking water issues affecting residents of Harrietsfield Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia Environment publishes lists of water advisories on their website, under municipal and individual categories. Over the last twelve months, there have been 174 water advisories of all kinds. The number is down 9, or 4.9% from 2016 when there were 183.
In 2017 the peak number of advisories was 31 in August, and the province experiences its highest numbers from late spring through early autumn much like Newfoundland and Labrador.
In 2016, no month had fewer than ten advisories, and positively this, the month of February recorded no water advisories in Nova Scotia. The province averaged 14.5 advisories per month which is an improvement on the 15.3 monthly average in 2016.
Water issues in Canada's Ocean Playground are down every month except four. August, September, and November; these months surpass numbers for those same months in 2016 by 4 to 5 advisories. The month of July remained stable at 17.
The declining advisory numbers are favourable for the province of Nova Scotia, though the 4.9% drop in water issues ls less than the 11.2% decrease witnessed in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Nova Scotia's 174 advisories place the province 5th among the provinces looked at in the year-end review. In 2016, Nova Scotia was 4th among the provinces.
Nova Scotia remains firmly in 2nd amongst the Atlantic Canadian provinces in 2017. Stay with us as the Year End Review continues, next stop New Brunswick.