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Montreal BWA - What businesses and services have to say
"We bought lots of bottled water and gave that to our clients free." -
Van, Chabad of NDG
"We sold lots of bottled water. It was good for business". -
Manager, Schwartz's Deli
"Oh yes we sold 'vraiment beaucoup' lots of bottled water, we were sold out the first day, but we ordered more for the next day and had enough. Most people feel safer buying bottled water." -
Sylvie, Depanneur Laurion, Sain-Henri
"My first thought was that this was really bad timing. Hydro Quebec sends out cut-off notices to customers in arrears at this time of year. Our clients don't have the means to buy bottled water and without power they couldn't even boil it. Many have babies or are elderly. We had no bottled water but boiled some to give out cups of water." -
Kim Martin, NDG Food Bank
New BWAs in Manitoba
Two BWAs were issued in Barrows and Wabowden, Manitoba in late May. According to a provincial spokesperson, the boil water advisory in Barrows, a community located in North central Manitoba, is due to problems with the well pump and associated electrical systems. It affects approximately 120 people. Barrows has a new water treatment plant that relies on a groundwater source with reverse osmosis treatment and storage.
In the northern community of Wabowden, the advisory is due to a line break and subsequent pressure loss in the distribution system, only a portion of the population is affected - approximately 300 people. Wabowden was also under boil water advisory in April when new distribution pumps were installed. -
MB Water Advisory Map
Mining out of water and into trouble
, dwindling water supplies are hindering mining activities. Traditionally water has come from rivers or underground, but many sources are running dry, crippling production and delaying developments of mines around the world. Shortages have pitted mining companies against farmers and others who fear for the quality and quantity of their supplies.
Miners have been forced to turn to more expensive options like seawater desalination and sewage treatment plants to obtain water for their needs and for the communities around them. Indeed, community concerns over water are becoming roadblocks to new mining developments. -
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