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Water Today Title August 4, 2020

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This is the busiest time of year for the "cabane à sucre" or sugar shacks in Québec. The sap in the maple trees is flowing to produce maple syrup, what Bloomberg called a "new commodity to own." With production in full swing and customers pouring in for the traditional dishes, this is not the best time to be hit with a do not consume (DNC) advisory.

Unfortunately, this is what happened to the Cabane à Sucre Osias, located in the Municipalité Saint-Alexis-des-Monts in the Lanaudière region of Québec. The DNC was listed on the site of the Ministère du Développement durable, Environnement et Lutte contre les changement climatiques (MDDELCC) on February 27, 2018, with no additional information.

More than a month later the DNC is still in effect, we contacted Osias to find out what necessitated the advisory.

Catherine Mailhot, the owner of the establishment, performs regular water analyses and it was during one of these routine tests that "the results were non-compliant." She said that "why it was non-compliant, we don’t know, there was infiltration in our well even though the well is closed and has no contact with animals or anything else."

Mailhot said that the only way to address the contamination issue is to "disinfect with bleach, and let it work, [in the water], for 48 hours and perform tests afterwards."

The effect on business has been that she has had to "buy large 5-litre bottles of water, and follow the instructions given by the MDDELCC."

There are signs at every entry point that the water is not safe to drink. It is unfortunate that this happened in the busy season for this industry, though it is positive that the owner is taking this issue seriously.


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