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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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On November 30, 2017 a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) was issued for Fraser Mini Home Park in Dayspring Nova Scotia. Dayspring is a small community in Lunenburg County just east of Bridgewater. There have been problems with the park's water supply in the past, with the previous BWA only having been lifted August 11 2017.

On the north side of La Have River, Dayspring is known for its traditional wooden shipyard Syders Shipbuilding. In 2000, the shipyard built a life-size tugboat based on the main character of the Canadian childrencs television show Theodore Tugboat. Children and adults alike can embark for a tour of the Halifax Harbour aboard this beloved children's character come to life.

The water for the park comes from three drilled wells on the property that are piped together before entering the park. These wells supply water to seventeen trailers including the owner of the park who lives on site. The wells are considered a registered water supply which means it has to meet the same requirements as a municipality would or otherwise.

Nova Scotia Environment Media Relations Advisor, Chrissy Matheson says the BWA is "a result of NSE's follow up sample which proved that the water supply contained Total Coliforms. NSE is currently waiting for Mr. Fraser to submit two bacteria free water results so that the facility can be removed from the boil water advisory."

According to Health Canada's Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality, standards for Total Coliforms are 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."

Concerning the past BWA's, Matheson said "The facility has followed all of the proper procedures during the current and past boil water advisories. Depending on follow up sample results, NSE will explore what regulatory tools are available to bring this facility into compliance."

Residents have been told to bring their water to a rolling boil for at least one minute for all water used for drinking, washing fruit, preparing infant formula, brushing teeth. Matheson says that although she cannot comment as to a specific time frame for the BWA to be lifted, they are actively working on it.

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