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Water Today Title August 4, 2020

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Advisory of the Day



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By Cori Marshall

The Municipalité de Pontiac, in Québec's Outaouais region, has been under a boil water advisory (BWA) since March 15. The reason given in the announcement on the municipal website was that "an electronic part of equipment, essential to the operation of the water plant, broke down."

At the time it was "estimated that the treatment plant would not be able to resume its operations for a week and a half." Residents were urged to boil their water for at least one minute before consumption and to follow updates on the matter on the website and Pontiac's Facebook page.

Earlier this week, On March 26, it was announced that "the water (treatment) plant was repaired and the reservoirs cleaned over the weekend." Pontiac was only waiting for test results to rescind the advisory. The samples were taken at the beginning of the week, and it was estimated that if results permitted the advisory would be removed on Thursday, March 29.

We contacted the municipality to get precisions on the status of the situation.

What caused the breakdown is still unknown, Dominic Labrie, Pontiac Media Contact, said "we don't know the answer yet, we have concentrated our energy on restarting the (treatment) plant." Labrie confirmed that the BWA affected 750 people.

When asked if the removal of the BWA was still planned for today Labrie said "yes, as soon as we receive the call from the Ministry of the Environment."


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