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Water Today Title October 26, 2020

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The Town of Bouctouche in eastern New Brunswick is currently under a boil water advisory (BWA) that is expected to be lifted by November 30.

Located in Kent County, Bouctouche is l40 kilometres from Moncton at the mouth of the Bouctouche River on the coast of the Northumberland Strait.

On October 4, a BWA was issued by the New Brunswick Department of Health in response to a sudden drop in water pressure in the water distribution system that serves the 2361 residents.

The following day the town released a notice explaining that the BWA would remain in effect until repairs on the municipal reservoir and subsequent water tests were completed which is expected to be by the end of November.

In New Brunswick, a BWA is removed when the conditions that caused the BWA have ceased and when two samples indicate good water quality within twenty-four hours of each other.

"The rehabilitation of the reservoir is well underway and there is still work occurring on the interior and exterior or tank shell. Following this work, the reservoir will be filled and disinfected, samples will be taken and sent to a laboratory for analysis," read the statement.

The Town also took the opportunity to remind residents that the use of fire hydrants is only permissible by trained emergency personnel and designated staff members.

In July 2018, town council voted to hire MacDonald Applicators Ltd. based in St. John to repair the reservoir on McLaughlin Street at the cost of $959 266.

Access to water has been maintained due to the pump houses which are providing adequate water pressure in the distribution system, but residents are asked to conserve water until which point the system can be reconnected as intended.

As the first municipality in New Brunswick to adopt a Green Plan for the working of the municipality, the Town of Bouctouche website offers ready suggestions on how to do just that.

For instance, they recommend keeping water in the refrigerator to avoid running the tap unnecessarily, and not running the dishwasher or washing machine unless it is full.

Of course, any water intended for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute, including water used for ice cube trays and baby formula. No precautions are necessary for water used for washing clothes, dishes and bathing.

Bouctouche has posted signage in public spaces, broadcasted it on local radio and shared it on both the town Facebook and website.

If the water is deemed suitable for public consumption upon the completion of the project the reservoir will resume service.


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