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Water Today Title October 30, 2020

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Update 2018/5/4
Advisory of the day


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by Michelle Moore

A boil water advisory (BWA) was issued on Monday April 30, 2018 for the community of Roddickton-Bide Arm on the Northern peninsula of Newfoundland.

Known as the moose capital of the world, it is not uncommon to see moose in backyards or along the road as there are an average of six moose per square kilometre.

Prior to the amalgamation of the towns in 2009, Roddickton was a logging community named after Newfoundland-born doctor Sir Thomas G. Roddick while Bide Arm had a prosperous fish plant that saw a steep decline after a moratorium was declared on cod fishing.

Today the town tries to keep history alive through the restoration of the Ashton House which belonged to an early settler. Built in 1952, the modest house was home to as many as fifteen people. Originally built in another part of the region, it was moved to Bide Arm by floating it on a raft. This odd scene was recreated in 2009 as part of a town celebration.

The Town of Roddickton-Bide Arm operates two public drinking water systems. Of the 999 people living in the community, 138 are serviced by the water source known as First Clay Cove Pond in the Bide Arm area.

Erin Shea, Director of Communications shared this response on behalf of the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment in an email to this reporter, "the advisory was issued so that the operator could undertake regular maintenance on the sodium hypochlorite disinfection system."

The statement continues to specify that "there was no mechanical failure or other issue with the disinfection or drinking water system. The boil water advisory is expected to be lifted once the Department of Service NL has completed the required water sampling."

In Newfoundland and Labrador, environmental health officers (EHOs) and or environmental technicians with the Department of Government Services otherwise known as Service Newfoundland are responsible for collecting samples, and testing.

In the meantime, affected residents must bring their water to a rolling boil for one minute before consumption. The town has placed all proper signage in place to warn consumers of the BWA as well as notifying residents through social media.


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