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NEYS PROVINCIAL PARK, ON: WATERMAIN BREAK FIXED
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A water main break in one of four campgrounds at Neys Provincial Park in Ontario led to a Boil Water Advisory being issued for a single section of the Park’s water system on June 2, 2019.
WaterToday spoke with the Park Assistant Supervisor, Hank Tremblay by phone. “The line was repaired, the loop was super-chlorinated and the water samples tested clean a week after”, advised Tremblay. Chirag Gandhi, a Health Inspector with Thunder Bay Health Region confirmed with Water Today that there is “nothing outstanding in the system for Neys Provincial Park”.
Neys Provincial Park water supply is taken from a well and pumped into a reservoir, where it is disinfected, and circulated through four separate loops to service each of four campground areas individually. The system is well organized for minimal service disruption to campers, with just one section affected by the June main break and water quality advisory. “When the main broke, we shut off supply to that section”, Tremblay explained.
Neys Park is situated on the shores of Lake Superior with two kilometres of fantastic beaches. Tremblay says, “The water is kind of cold, being on Lake Superior.”
Tremblay worked as a welder and contractor before coming into this site as a custodian four seasons ago. “My work had slowed down, so I started looking for something else. I applied here as a cleaner and have moved up every year since. Now I’m a lifer”, Tremblay says, “This is a great place to work”.
The area has excellent hiking, with trails through a WWII Prisoner of War Camp and Japanese Relocation Camp. Detainees worked on forestry projects near the site of the present campground. Old foundations and the original water tower can be visited by the public.
“Our campgrounds were pretty full in July, but it is clearing out now, since August long weekend”, Water Today heard from Tremblay.
For more information, call (807) 229 1624. Neys closes for the season on September 16, 2019.
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