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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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A Boil Water Advisory (BWA) has been lifted in the town of Birchy Bay, Newfoundland after E.Coli was detected in the town's water supply.

According to Service Newfoundland (NL), who conducts bacteriological testing of public water supplies on a monthly basis, "Four samples were collected on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Jumper's Pond. Test results received on Thursday, April 27 indicated that E. coli and total coliforms were present in one of the samples."

Jumper's Pond, the town's water source, is a natural waterway.

Service NL says that there is no known seasonal link to the detection of E.coli and total coliforms in water supplies. Bitchy Bay, named after the numerous birches spotted along its shores, is home to 566 people, all of whom were affected by the advisory.

"The usual process for addressing this type of test result is to increase chlorination and do follow-up tests as soon as possible.," Service NL informed us, "In this case, inclement weather prevented staff from travelling to the water supply to conduct the follow-up testing on a timely basis, and as a precaution a boil water advisory was issued on Friday, April 28."

Since that incident, further testing has since been conducted, and the results indicate the issue has been addressed. The boil order was lifted on Thursday, May 4.

Francis King, an employee of local restaurant, Nick's Place, said that the boil water advisory didn't really affect their business.

"The only thing we use the water for here is washing dishes," King told us, "We bring water in for the coffee and tea." When asked why they don't use the municipal water, King said that there's too much chlorine in it.

Town officials could not be reached for comment as their offices are closed until May 9.

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