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Updated 2017/5/23
Holiday Water Report 2017



By Cori Marshall

The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is host to 32 Provincial Parks and reserves. These parks offer a wide range of activities from birdwatching to kayaking. Parks offer a way to enjoy the beauty of the Rock and Big Land, but how does the province ensure the quality of the potable drinking water?

Gina Macarthur, from Service Newfoundland and Labrador, said that "Environmental Health Officers conduct bacteriological testing of water supply systems in provincial parks as part of the annual inspection process." Inspections occur around the time parks open for the season. MacArthur added that "should a water supply in a park return an unsatisfactory test result, a boil water advisory would be issued."

MacArthur explained "Newfoundland and Labrador does not issue seasonal boil water advisories." She continued, "in most cases, the water supplies in provincial parks do not have a continuous disinfection system and [parks are] required to post a notice that recommends boiling water before consuming."

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment is also tasked with investigating blue-green algae blooms in the province. The department publishes annual reports on its monitoring activities and findings, and they are available to the public on the website. According to the 2016 report there were three reports of blooms in the province. In all three cases the blooms were caused by "a proliferation of Anabaena species."

When the call of the outdoors has families and friends, heading out for day trips or weekends in the woods, the provincial parks in Newfoundland may be the ideal destination. The province is looking out for safety and ensuring the best quality water in the parks. When you set out for the park be sure to be read all notices before consuming the water.

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