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Nova Scotia Environment issued a boil water advisory (BWA) for the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Middle Musquodoboit on April 25 2018.

Middle Musquodoboit is part of the Musquodoboit Valley along the Musquodoboit River in Central Nova Scotia. It takes it's name from the First Nation word Mooskoduboogwek which means to suddenly widen after a narrow entrance at a mouth. It is considered to be part of the Halifax Regional Municipality although it is 78 kilometres northwest from Dartmouth.

The farming community has a population of roughly 700 and is home to the Musquodoboit Valley Provincial Park, the Annual Halifax County Exhibition, the 50 Mile Yard Sale, the Kirk Logan Old Time Fiddling Contest and the largest hummingbird sculpture in North America.

The Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church located on highway 224 is a congregation of Christian faith open only on Sundays at noon for weekly mass; their vision is "to impact and renew Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia and beyond with the transforming message of Jesus Christ through words and actions. Everyone is welcome."

Media Relations Advisor for Nova Scotia Environment Chrissy Matheson said "quarterly testing is done by the church as it is a public drinking water source. During regular testing, the occupants took the sample, submitted to the lab for analysis and the lab contacted us to identify the presence of total coliforms."

When asked what was being done to resolve the issue, Matheson said "the filter has been replaced and the system, including UV bulb has been cleaned. Disinfection has been completed as per the Well Disinfection Procedures ... and sampling is currently underway as per the Guidelines for Monitoring Public Drinking Water Supplies"

The boil water advisory is expected to be lifted once two acceptable tests have been taken within twenty-four hours of each other.

Attempts were made to contact the church administration but were unsuccessful.


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