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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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A Preventive Boil Water Advisory (PBWA) was issued for Prospect Road Elementary in Hatchet Lake on November 21. The school’s water comes directly from a well on the property and is administered by the Halifax Regional School Board.

The school is located in the southwest area of the Halifax Regional Municipality and sits across from Hatchet Lake, from where the community takes its name. Prospect Road Elementary (PRES) has about 250 students from grades one to five.

Media Relations Advisor for Nova Scotia Environment, Krista D. Higdon said that "Nova Scotia Environment visited the school on November 21, 2017 and it was confirmed that all of the proper procedures are in place related to the Advisory. Those processes include properly labelling water taps and ensuring proper signs are displayed."

Higdon added that like all other registered public water supplies, "the school board is required to provide the department with the results of two water samples collected 24 hours apart that show the absence of bacteria. The department has not received those results yet."

On November 29, Halifax Regional School Board coordinator for communications services, Doug Hadley said that on November 14 there was no chlorine detected in the well that is checked by staff every morning, which is what led to the PBWA.

He said, "a part was ordered for the water conditioner, it was repaired on Monday or Tuesday. They will now collect bacteria samples 24 hours apart, send those to Nova Scotia Environment and when that is shown to be acceptable, they will be able to drink the water."

He said the school board had provided bottled water and that the school had sent a notice home to parents explaining what had happened. The school board expects the PBWA to be lifted Thursday November 30 or Friday December 1.

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