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Advisory of the day
2020/8/10

BONNY LEA FARM,NS: TESTING GLITCH RESULTS IN FALSE BWA



WT Staff

Bonny Lea Farm, situated in Chester, Nova Scotia, an all-inclusive residential, vocational and therapeutic service provider for adults with intellectual disabilities, was issued a Boil Water Advisory on July 16, 2020. The Advisory came as a complete shock to Maintenance Supervisor Doug Morash, who goes the extra mile in ensuring water safety by testing 4 times a year which is double the recommended protocol.



“We were using Brita filters and following the protocol set out by the company,” Morash told WaterToday. “What happened was our sample became contaminated because we touched an on/off valve.”

“We soon figured out that the valve needs to be swabbed with bleach before the sample is taken. This is really something that Brita needs to clarify.”

Unfortunately the BWA remained on the list due to a second glitch. The test tube holding second sample taken after proper sanitation was accidentally broken in the lab resulting in another delay. The third sample resulted in a rescinded report from Jesse MacLean of the Department of Environment.

“I never dreamed this would happen,” Morash said. “Life is a learning curve!”

The positive outlook Morash exudes is exemplified in the Farm’s mission to empower special needs individuals. Located on 80 acres, the farm provides a family-like atmosphere where participants learn to grow and succeed.

“We have 4 group homes and 1 apartment for 37 permanent residents,” Kathy Harnish told WT. “We also have a day program which unfortunately is not in operation now because of COVID.” Harnish adds there are 71 staff members including counsellors. Vocational instructors provide training and skill development opportunities

Social enterprises include: Cafeteria, The Barn, Greenhouse, Wood Workshop, Small Contracts, Confidential Shredding and the Handy Wiper Project.

The following video says it all. https://youtu.be/f1qdu2phtCw

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