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Nova Scotia Environment issued a boil water advisory for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in the town of Berwick Nova Scotia on March 15 2018. Berwick is a town of 2509 people situated in Kings County in eastern Annapolis Valley along the Cornwallis River.

They are known as the apple capital of Nova Scotia, although since the decline of the apple industry in the 1950's there are only a few orchards left today. A large statue of an apple sits in town square to highlight the industry that was once so important to the town's economy.

Today Berwick acts as a service centre for the smaller towns in Kings County and is near Annapolis Valley's Acadia University and two community colleges.

Legion Branch 69 is located on Berwick's main street and holds many community events. This month alone they will be having community suppers, musical performances, quiz night, cribbage and jam sessions for local musicians. For over a month and a half they have had to bring the water to a rolling boil for at least a minute to make it suitable for consumption.

Media Relations Advisor for Nova Scotia Environment Chrissy Matheson said "the cause of the boil water advisory was a presence of Total Coliforms and E. coli in a quarterly bacteria sample."

According to Health Canada's Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality, standards for both E. coli and Total Coliforms are the same, counts of 0/100ml.

Health Canada's Guidelines explain that "in non-disinfected groundwater the presence of Total Coliforms may indicate that the system is vulnerable to contamination, or it may be a sign of bacterial regrowth."

People who drink water contaminated with E. coli can suffer from mild fever, vomiting, abdominal pain and/or diarrhea.

Matheson said "new samples were collected March 19th and April 17th and were both absent of E.coli and Total Coliforms."

She added that "the boil water advisory was lifted April 30, 2018."


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