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The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador listed the Town of Point Leamington under a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) on August 4th. The reason for the advisory was that "Escherichia coli (E. coli) [was] detected AND repeat samples cannot be taken as required." We contacted the town of Leamington to get the Town's perspective.

Point Leamington Town Administration confirmed the BWA and the detection of E. coli. The Administration was, however, unable to speak to the date of the detection and what levels of E. coli had been found. Questions of that nature were to be "directed to the [Department of Municipal Affairs and] Environment branch in Grand Falls."

The Administration explained that the Town "does its own testing, but [the department] performs weekly testing." Municipal Affairs were the ones who initially detected the E.coli.

The Town seemed to be unaware that the province listed that repeat samples could not be taken, in fact, the Administration said that "was not put on the notice" that was posted on the Town bulletin board and broadcast on the radio. There appears to be no interruption in the towns testing.

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment clarified that "E. coli was detected in 1 of 4 samples collected on August 2 and the remaining 3 samples showed free chlorine of less than 0.15 mg/l."

The Department advised the Town "to adjust chlorine in order to address issues identified in the August 2 samples." It was because of this that "resampling could not take place until the recommended corrective measure," had been carried out.

Municipal Affairs confirmed that the Town has "adjusted the chlorine level." The water was resampled yesterday and results are expected by the end of the week.

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