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Updated 2017/5/19
Holiday Water Report 2017



By Cori Marshall

The warm weather appears to be here to stay and it's time for young and old, friends and family to head outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty that this country has to offer. The National Parks are one way to get outside, then there are also the Provincial Parks. These parks are operated in every province and offer other opportunities to see Canada's natural scenic wonders.

The province of New Brunswick operates nine provincial parks. All nine offer camp sites to visitors and all but one, Mount Carleton, supplies potable drinking water on certain sites. Before you head out to enjoy the natural wonder that the Picture Province has to offer, it would be good to know how that all important drinking water is looked after.

In the event that a potable water supply should become contaminated in any of New Brunswick's Provincial Parks, the same stringent rules apply that would apply to any public water system. Sarah Williams, Communications Officer with the New Brunswick Department of Health, said that the department "can issue a boil order or do not consume order to any public water supply when we believe there is a risk to [the] public."

Williams added that "once issued, [the order] will remain in effect until the Medical Officer of Health has received water quality results and is comfortable that there is no longer a risk." The necessary steps to remove a boil order in New Brunswick may require the operator to ensure chlorination, flush the system, treat its water, or begin a sampling program.

There are cases where a boil order can be in effect over longer periods of time and may be due to a natural occurrence otherwise known as seasonal boil advisory. Williams explained that "if warranted, a boil order could persist for a full season of operation."

There is also the phenomenon of blue-green algae blooms. The province actively tracks them and they are reported on the department's page for Public Health Advisories and Alerts. There are currently 12 blue-green algae advisories in the province none of which have an impact on the provincial parks.

The state of the water in the parks if of good quality, of the four boil orders in effect, none touch the water supply in the parks. Campers should have no worries when they take a drink or cook in any of the province's parks. For the parks season, New Brunswick provincial parks have an all clear.

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