Safe wa­ter in sight for Green Maple Hill re­si­dents

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Re­si­dents in the Green Maple Hill area of Saint-La­zare could have re­lief in the form of drin­kable wa­ter so­me­time this week af­ter li­ving for the past two years with a boil wa­ter ad­vi­so­ry.

On Mon­day, a spo­kes­per­son for the Town of Saint-La­zare said Que­bec’s Mi­nis­tère du Dé­ve­lop­pe­ment du­rable, de l’En­vi­ron­ne­ment et des Parcs could is­sue a cer­ti­fi­cate this week al­lo­wing the new well be­gin sen­ding fresh wa­ter to Green Maple Hill homes.

“First, the ow­ner (of the well) has to di­sin­fect all of the pipes in the road in the aque­duct sys­tem and then they have to take some (wa­ter) samples and make some tests,” said a mu­ni­ci­pal em­ployee, who did not want his name used in print.

That day will not come soon enough for de­ter­mi­ned re­si­dents who moun­ted de­mons­tra­tions and took mu­ni­ci­pal and go­vern­ment of­fi­cials to task for not sup­plying drin­kable wa­ter. Though those li­ving in the Saint-La­zare area were of­ten caught in the middle of an it’s-not-my-job bat­tle, they ne­ver let up in ma­king the lack of safe drin­king wa­ter eve­ryone’s pro­blem.

They were re­war­ded last month, ho­we­ver, when the pro­vince is­sued a per­mit for the cons­truc­tion of a new ar­ti­sa­nal wa­ter well to ser­vice the im­me­diate area.

And the re­si­dents say they’re willing to do wha­te­ver it takes to keep the new wa­ter safe, going so far as to agree to not use fer­ti­li­zers or pes­ti­cides near the well so as to not conta­mi­nate the ground above the well.

The Green Maple Hill sec­tion of SaintLa­zare in one of the lar­gest of se­ve­ral re­si­den­tial areas in town ser­vi­ced by pri­vate wells. In the Green Maple Hill case, the conta­mi­na­ted well is ow­ned by Ro­land Bé­dard, who charges re­si­dents close to $250 a year for wa­ter ser­vice. Bé­dard al­so owns the new well.

The pro­blems be­gan two years ago, in Au­gust 2010, when E. co­li was found in the wa­ter and a boil wa­ter ad­vi­so­ry was pos­ted.

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