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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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A small community in Saskatchewan has been on a precautionary drinking water advisory for a little over three years.

The Hamlet of Stony Beach, situated within the Rural Municipality of Pense 160, and located in between Regina and Moosejaw has been under the advisory since December 2014 as a result of a lack of disinfection.

The Hamlet gets their water from the same source as the City of Regina, the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant. Although it produces award winning water, recently beating out nine competitors to win a taste test at the 69th annual Western Canada Water Conference in Saskatoon this past September, the plant is a wholesale water provider, so it doesn't add any extra chlorine, leaving it to the municipalities it serves to provide the adequate disinfection on site.

"We have no access point to add a chlorination system," said Cathy Ripplinger, the Rural Municipality Administrator for Pense 160, "There are maybe 10 users on that line and because they're such a small community the RM won't subsidize (the building of a chlorination system) and for those 10 people to pay for it is just not feasible."

They system is still checked frequently to ensure no contaminants have infected the water.

"It's tested all the time," said Ripplinger, "People from the hamlets test twice a week and there's a yearly thing where a lady from Sask water has a compliance list to follow."

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