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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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Sandown Park Estates in Cobourg, On has been under a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) since Dec.24, 2016 "This advisory was a Precautionary Boil Advisory", according to the Estates property management Jason Braganza who stated "The notification was a precautionary notice because of loss of pressure due to breaks in the lines. I believe the notice is being lifted today."

As reported in our article on Cedar Beach Camp Resort published on May 12, 2016, small communities who get their water from small private systems are at risk of being ill informed, or receiving conflicting information on water issues since the Ontario Ministry of the Environment no longer publicly reports "adverse test results" in Small Drinking Water Systems

Sandown Park Estates is part of the Small Drinking Water System Program but its users are fortunate in that they receive notification from multiple avenues, Braganza stated to this reporter how they handle advisories on their properties "Automated calls are made to each resident, those that aren't answered receive written notice delivered to their home. We also post signs coming into the park, at the communal mailbox area, and in the community news letter".

The inspections of communities that fall under the Small Drinking Water System Program are now conducted by Public Health Inspectors, who conduct site-specific risk assessment on every small drinking water system in the province. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care was given this Program in 2008 and states on it's website: Based on the assessment, they will determine what owners and operators must do to keep their drinking water safe and will issue a directive for the system, which may include requirements such as water testing, treatment and training. Unfortunately the website doesn't post an ongoing list of advisories for these Small Water Systems which can include restaurants, seasonal trailer parks, summer camps, community centers, libraries, gas stations, motels, churches and many other public facilities

Bill Eekhof of Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit confirmed that the Sandown Park Estates advisory has now definitely been lifted. Eekhof stated the following in an email to this reporter:

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit issued a Boil Water Advisory for Sandown Park Estates (located along Telephone Road between Cobourg and Port Hope) on Dec. 24, 2016.

Two wells provide drinking water to residents of the 86-site trailer park

The Boil Water Advisory was issued after the loss of pressure in the water system. The causes appear to be lack of water in the wells, a possible break on the water main and water system had to shut down.

The owner of the trailer park has been working with officials with the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to repair the problem. In the meantime, water was being brought in to serve Sandown residents. · Once repairs are made to the Sandown water system, a satisfactory water test result must be received to ensure that the water supply is safe. Only then the Health Unit will lift the Boil Water Advisory.

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