Boil order withdrawn in Winterton
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.