Water Advisory Report
WATER ADVISORY YEAR END REVIEW 2017:
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NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, THIRD IN CANADA, FIRST IN THE MARITIMES
By Cori Marshall
In 2017 WaterToday reported on a number of water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador, such as Cape St. George, and Forteau in November, and Whitbourne just two weeks ago. Municipal Affairs and Environment keeps detailed lists of reported water advisories in the province.
In 2017 Newfoundland and Labrador reported 222 water advisories of all kinds. This year's totals are the third most in Canada and the highest of the Maritime provinces. Despite a large number of advisories, totals are down 11.2% from 2016, when the 250 reported water issues were also third in the country.
Monthly totals are down in all but four, January, April, and July where numbers are up as well as November which was identical to November 2016.
There are still a few days remaining in December, though numbers are well below totals for this month last year.
Over the course of the last two years, Newfoundland and Labrador experienced its highest numbers of advisories from mid to late spring through early autumn.
The province averaged 18.5 advisories per month, and unlike 2016 no month reported numbers in the thirties. 2017 numbers peak at 28 in 2017 in comparison to 33 in June 2016. The lowest monthly numbers in both 2016 and 2017 are 10.
WaterToday will continue to compile water advisory data from Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as report on stories from the Rock in 2018. Stay with us as our year-end trek continues westward.
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