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The town of Saint-Marcellin in Québec issued a boil water advisory for its community centre on May 10 2018. The parish municipality is located near the town of Rimouski on the south side of the St. Lawrence River.

Saint-Marcelin has a population of 353 and is part of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region which is characterized by the Notre Dame Mountains part of the Appalachians and the Matapedia and Temiscouata Valleys. To the northeast is the Gaspé Peninsula and to the southeast is the province of New Brunswick.

The town was officially founded in 1921 and named after Pope Marcelin. Early settlers relied on hunting and fishing. Later on agriculture as well as the forest industry became important economic players. Today many of its residents travel to the nearby towns of Mont-Joli, Rimouski and Saint-Gabriel for work although some still work in agriculture and forestry.

Since 2001 a medieval festival has taken place which attracts many visitors young and old. The site of the festival is the recreation of a village from the year 1000. It has a fifteen metre tall watchtower, market, trebuchet and viking camp. Visitors can enjoy sword fighting demonstrations, jousting, fire breathers, music, archery and the banquet of the Lord.

Executive Director for the town of Saint Marcelin, Nathalie Chouinard said the problem stems from a defective UV lamp. She said, "the UV lamp that treats the water was defective and that caused a bad water sample to come up."

Chouinard said the town has no municipal water or sewage system and that everyone is on private systems. She explained that "concerning the community centre, we take samples every month because it is directly connected to the aqueduct tank reservoir." It was one of those monthly tests that turned up with a bad result.

When asked how it has affected any community activities that might have taken place she said that the community centre has been closed to the public anyway because it is undergoing renovations to fully transform the community centre from the church that it once was. She added that since then the water has been turned off as well since there was no need for it.

Chouinard said that "it was repaired last week and the new sample test will be taken at the beginning of next week which should show good results."


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