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About us | Sign-up | Login | Maps | Directory | Research | Help                       October 1, 2014
10-minute interview

Update 9/28/14
'WE WANT TO BE A PART OF CANADA
Chief Redsky, Shoal Lake 40


 Dailies
Update 9/29/14
Lead

SAFE WATER NOW FLOWING FROM TAPS AND FOUNTAINS AT ACADIA U
You can now freely drink the water at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Soctia, but this wasn't always the case.
Last October students, staff and faculty at the University were told not to drink the water because it was contaminated with lead.
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Update 9/25/14
BWA of the day

5,700 ASKED TO BOIL AFTER MAJOR LINE BREAK, NB
The whole community of Grand Falls/Grand Sault, NB is under BWA following the break of a major pumping line on September 23.
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Update 9/24/14
BWA of the day

TOWN INHERITS SMALL SYSTEM AND RECURRING BWAS, QC
Saint-Jean-de-Matha, a rural municipality 100 km northeast of Montreal, inherited 3 private water systems over the last years, one of which has caused the municipality nothing but headaches and periodic BWAs.
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Update 9/20/14
BWA of the day

FIRST REPORTED BWA IN QUEBEC TOWN, QC
Unsatisfactory water tests results have prompted a BWA in Béarn, QC, a municipality in northwestern Québec
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Update 9/18/14
BWA of the day

VALVE REPLACEMENT LEADS TO BWA IN NORTHERN TOWN, MB
A boil water advisory was issued for Churchill, Manitoba (pop. 800) when routine maintenance work to replace valves on the distribution system required a system shut-off.
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Update 9/15/14
BWA of the day

E.COLI IN TOWN WATER, 'MOSTLY, WE JUST KEEP DRINKIN IT', NL
On September 12, a boil water order was issued for Hampden, Newfoundland. E.coli was found in the town's drinking water and a repeat sample could not be taken as required, either because the provincial environmental health officer was not scheduled to be in the area, or more likely because it was Friday.


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Update 9/12/14
BWA of the day

SYSTEM UPGRADES PROMPT BWA ON MI'KMAQ RESERVE, NL
The Water distribution pipes on the Miawpukek First Nation reserve, better known as Conne River, are being converted from copper to plastic, causing system issues which have promted Health Canada to issue a Boil water advisory.
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Update 9/11/14
BWA of the day

REPAIRS OF SOME SORT PUT TOWN HOTEL UNDER BWA, SK
Though everyone we spoke to in Rosthern, SK knows there is a water advisory, nobody is too sure why the Rosthern hotel is under bwa; it has something to do with either a manhole or a sewer being repaired in the hotel area.
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Update 9/10/14
BWA of the day

RESIDENTS FOREWARNED OF SCHEDULED BWA, MB
Officials in Cormorant, MB used Canada Post and door-to-door knocking to advise the 170 residents of South Cormorant to fill up pails with water in preparation for a scheduled reservoir cleaning that would depressurize the water system on September 9.
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Boil Water Advisories
Update, October 1, 2014

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Most Recent BWAs

 Okanagan Falls , BC - 9/25/2014
 Cortes Island (3), BC - 9/26/2014
 Paradise Hill, SK - 9/29/2014
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 Samuel de Champlain Prov. Park, ON - 9/29/2014
 Lake Nipissing, ON - 9/26/2014
 Carnarvon, ON - 9/26/2014
 Wilberforce , ON - 9/24/2014
 Dickson Lake and Lake Lavieille, ON - 9/25/2014
 Rouyn-Noranda, QC - 9/29/2014
 Tťmiscouata-sur-le-Lac, QC - 9/30/2014
 Burin, NL - 9/26/2014
 Corner Brook, NL - 9/26/2014
 South Brook, NL - 9/25/2014
 Irishtown-Summerside (2), NL - 10/2/2013

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 The Stories, so far
Update 9/25/14
Water Contamination -2

THE MUDSLIDE'S TO BLAME

Fourteen days after the initial Do Not Drink Advisory was issued for Linx and Brenot Creeks in northeastern BC, everyone's holding their cards pretty close to their chest, with nobody much wanting to talk about it; neither officials, nor landowners nor consultants were willing to comment.

On September 18, this new advisory was issued by BC Northern Health and posted on Hudson's Hope's website :

"Residents of the Lynx Creek area downstream of the confluence with Brenot Creek are advised not to drink the water from the creeks until further notice due to a mudslide in the area. Residents upstream of the slide area, approximately 3.5 kilometers northwest of the confluence of Lynx Creek and Brenot Creek, are advised to undergo normal creek water disinfection before drinking. The District of Hudsonís Hope water system is not affected by this advisory.

There is a low risk to well users in the area, however if people have questions they can contact their local environmental health officer at 250-263-6000.

Users of water downstream on the Peace River should take precautions if the water seems cloudy or if there is any unusual taste or odour. The plume of sediment from Lynx will eventually disperse throughout the Peace, and will become inconsequential, but how far downstream that full-mixing will occur is not known and difficult to estimate. The water issues are associated directly with the naturally occurring landslide.
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Update 9/18/14
Water Contamination -1


IS FRACKING THE ROOT CAUSE OF HUDSON'S HOPE WATER WOES?

On September 10, the District of Hudsonís Hope, in northeast BC issued a water quality advisory. Residents were warned not to drink or use water from Lynx and Brenot Creeks. The district advised against using it for ďdrinking water, livestock watering, and irrigation, due to the presence of heavy metals at concentrations above the Canadian Water Quality Guidelines.Ē

ďBoiling water will not make the water potable,Ē the district warns. At this time we cannot comment on the water quality of water wells that are within the proximity of the contaminated site."

The contaminants discovered include: aluminum, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, iron, lead, manganese, and uranium. The source of the contamination Ė and whether it is related to local shale gas activity Ė has yet to be determined as the result of tests were only received on Tuesday.

There has been growing concern and considerable grumbling from landowners in the Hudson's Hope area since fracking projects have overtaken the land, following the discovery of some of the largest unconventional gas reservoirs in North America.

Whether fracking is the cause of many of the area wells sanding up is not verified, but the mayor of Hudson's Height is hoping that an independent study of water wells being completed by GW Solutions will allow for baseline data on groundwater to be established and answers to be found.

About half of the population of Hudsonís Hope, in rural areas, are on water wells and many have already had problems. Some have been able to solve the issues with new filters, others have pulled them out and resorted to water hauling.

To compound the issue, the area has had one of the driest summers in half a century, triggering massive forest fires on Mount McAllister and forcing the evacuation of the entire town of Hudsonís Hope in July.

Last week's do not crink advisory was issued after a landowner whose dugout had dried out wanted to water his livestock in Brenot Creek until he noticed a cloudy substance on the surface of the water and decided to have it tested before allowing his herds to drink.
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