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MARION BRIDGE, NS: BOIL ORDER AT SENIOR'S CENTRE DUE TO IMPROPER SAMPLING, NS
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The Mira Seniors & Pensioners Centre in Marion Bridge was issued a boil water advisory on December 7, 2017. It is a community hall that hosts social events for seniors and the larger community including a foot care clinic, yoga classes, community markets and arts and crafts. The centre is on its own well which does not serve any other buildings.
Marion Bridge is a community of roughly 1700 people in eastern Cape Breton Island, south of Sydney. It is named after the bridge that crosses at the halfway point of the Mira River, which feeds into the Atlantic Ocean. Marion Bridge attracts visitors during Celtic Colours, an annual celebration of Celtic music and dance. The town also hosts the Mira Gala, a summer festival featuring square dancing, a strawberry social, bathtub races and more.
Earl McPherson, who does maintenance for the property, said the problem showed up during sample testing. An initial sample showed positive for Total Coliforms. Health Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality standards for Total Coliforms are counts of 0/100ml, therefore an advisory was placed when the sample showed positive.
But Heather Fairbairn, Media Relations for Nova Scotia Environment said "the advisory resulted from an error involving improper sampling techniques. The system will be flushed and additional testing will be undertaken. In the meantime, the advisory remains in place."
Soon after the first sample test, it became necessary to replace a piece of ultraviolet water purification equipment. "The electric gadget that controls the bulb wore out and had no power in it so we replaced the $180 piece of copper," said McPherson. "I brought in the second test since today and I would imagine the results will come back in a week."
He specified that the centre is not open everyday, but only for scheduled events. Until the results of the second test come back with no positive results, anyone attending an event at the centre should remember to err on the side of caution and boil the water for at least one minute before consuming it.
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