Boil or­der with­drawn in Win­ter­ton

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

Af­ter deal­ing with a month-and-a-half-long boil wa­ter or­der, res­i­dents of Win­ter­ton can once again drink tap wa­ter, af­ter the town lifted the or­der on Feb. 3.

“ They’ll be quite happy,” said town clerk Pauline Masters of the com­mu­nity’s 500 res­i­dents.

The chlo­ri­na­tion sys­tem used by the town suf­fered a set­back in mid-De­cem­ber when its reg­u­la­tor mal­func­tioned. Though the wa­ter may still have been fit for con­sump­tion, Masters said the town was re­quired to is­sue a boil or­der un­til the equip­ment could ei­ther be re­paired or re­placed, fol­lowed by a wa­ter test.

“It has to be put on as soon as the chlo­ri­na­tion sys­tem breaks down, be­cause it’s pre­cau­tion­ary. It doesn’t mean there was any­thing in the wa­ter, but we had to do it as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.”

To fix the prob­lem, the Town elected to re­place the reg­u­la­tor, which was in­stalled by a tech­ni­cian from St. John’s. Masters could not con­firm the cost of re­pairs, as it had not been put be­fore coun­cil as of late last week.

An of­fi­cial with the Depart­ment of Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices con­ducted wa­ter test­ing in late Jan­uary, ac­cord­ing to Masters.

“ They got the tests back, and ev­ery­thing was fine,” said Masters. “ The two tests came back per­fect, and that’s what they re­quire.”

Mov­ing for­ward, Masters said there are no long-term mat­ters to fix when it comes to Win­ter­ton’s wa­ter sup­ply.

“ Hope­fully noth­ing will be hap­pen­ing and ev­ery­thing will sail along, nice and smooth,” said Masters.

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