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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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Asvisory of the Day



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The Town of Spanish Ontario was under a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) over the weekend. The date the advisory was issued seemed to be at the heart of some local confusion. The letter that was hand-delivered to those dependent on the water system stated that the BWA was effective "Wednesday, July 7, 2017." Last Wednesday was July 5.

Adding to the confusion neither the Town nor the public health authority made mention of the advisory on their websites or Facebook pages. The Town did have an announcement stating, "fire permits are now require[d] please pick one up at the town office."

We contacted the town offices to get clarification on the water situation. We were quickly informed that the "advisory had been lifted," and were then directed to call Algoma Public Health as they were the ones who issued the advisory.

Chris Spooney District Program Director for Algoma Public Health said that "the BWA was jointly issued by the Town," and the authority. Spooney added that notifying patrons "is completed by the Town of Spanish."

The Town of Spanish experienced a power outage on Friday, July 7. By some accounts, the situation lasted for 12 hours. Spooney explained that this "ultimately affected the pressure within the distribution system at the water treatment plant." It was this drop in pressure that triggered the BWA.

In order to have the BWA rescinded the process "is to collect 2 satisfactory water samples 24 [hours] apart," Spooney said. He continued "This has been completed," the BWA was in fact lifted today. Spooney did not address the difference in dates. Story to follow.

The town of Spanish Ontario no longer has to boil its water before drinking, that is the positive thing. The negative here is there was a lack of information surrounding this event that led to scepticism and confusion.

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