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Water Today Title July 7, 2022

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In early July, WaterToday reported on a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) issued for Saint-Sixte Québec, in the Outaouais Region. The advisory was issued on July 7, and the website for the Ministère du Développement durable et Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDLCC) does not list reasons for advisories. We contacted a neighbouring community who was not affected by the advisory, where was were told that the municipal offices were closed for vacation.

According to the MDDLCC site on August 7, 2017, Saint-Sixte was placed back under a BWA. Once again, the reason is not given. Two BWAs exactly one month apart, something did not seem right.

We again tried contacting the Municipal Office, multiple times, with no success. The same message stating that the offices are open "Monday to Thursday, inclusively, from 8 am to 6 pm." There is still no mention of the BWA on the town's website.

We came across a Facebook page dedicated to the municipality which is run by local mechanic Jean-Francois Lamond, who said that he was informed "that the offices had moved," though he was unaware of the reason for the move.

Lamond said that he "received a notice," indicating the end of the BWA issued in July. He added that "the same day or the day after [he] received another notice that indicated that the government had not accepted," lifting the previous BWA. Being that he operates a garage Lamond posted the notice to ensure his clients' safety, and he continued saying "that was two weeks ago and I haven't had any news since."

The water issues in Saint-Sixte just don't seem to go away. The underlying reasons for the two BWAs are still unknown. Somehow the status of the Municipal Office and the way the information for the BWA is being handled are connected.

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