Water bliss in Whiteway
Town receives new water dispensing system
The Town of Whiteway will officially roll out its new potable water dispensing system during an open house July 14 at the systems location next to R & R Kitchens Limited.
Whiteway Mayor Craig Whelan said he expects government officials to be in attendance for the unveiling of the $300,000 project. The open house runs from 10 a.m.2 p.m.
The system has been available to members of the community of Whiteway between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. for the last two weeks.
The dispensing system is connected directly to the town’s water supply and is “very easy to use,” according to Whelan.
Users simply hit a dispensing button on a panel on the far right wall from the entrance; place their container on the cleaning faucet, before using one of two pumps for fresh, clean water.
“Once you learn it, it’s easy,” said Whiteway resident Leslie Harnum.
The system is a welcomed addition in Whiteway.
The town’s water system is unable to be flushed, so there is sometimes dirt in the lines. It is something Whelan hopes to have fixed when a planned water supply is constructed in the town.
“Some people are not too keen about tasting dirt in their water,” he said.
Harnum is one of those residents. He has trouble with the taste of chlorine in his water.
After the town had been identified as a candidate for the system, it applied and was accepted.
Not only will the new dispensing system be of great use to the residents of Whiteway, Whelan also figures local businesses will be able to avail of the fresh water as well.
“Brown’s (Restaurant) can come up and get a couple of containers filled for cooking purposes,” he said.
Whiteway was one of 14 communities in Newfoundland and Labrador to be selected as a part of a pilot project for the dispensing system.
“As far as I know, we are the first town in eastern Newfoundland to have the system,” said Whelan.
Prior to its selection, the provincial government conducted a study of towns on the island that had problems with its water. Whiteway was identified as a potential site.
Upon entering into the project, the government agreed to a 90-10 split of the cost.
“It cost the town roughly $30,000 to have the system put in,” said Whelan.
Whelan isn’t worried about the cost and considers the system a “good investment” for his community.
He feels that before long the system will “pay for itself.”
It is a luxury the town can afford under its current tax structure, said Whalen.
A large part of that is the town’s $438,602 budget for 2012, which makes Whiteway one of the richest towns for its size in the Trinity-Conception area.
Whelan, who owns a construction company, said he is currently overseeing seven housing projects in the community.
Whiteway is the middle town of a cluster of three in Trinity Bay South. Green’s Harbour and Cavendish are the other two.
Right now, the plan is for the service to be exclusive to residents of Whiteway, stated Whelan.
“The town paid a cost-sharing portion of the project,” he said.
Whelan foresees that only being a temporary plan.
“In future meetings, we’re going to look at, if government will allow it of course, charging a minimum fee for someone outside to come in and use it,” he said.
With projects like the one in Whiteway, there is always the threat of people taking advantage of the resource.
Whelan said the town is looking at two options in an effort to cut it off at the pass.
“We are looking at either a swipe card system or installing security cameras,” he said.
There can be more hassle with the card system, especially if a resident misplaces the card and the town has to replace it.
“We may just go with an open door and security cameras,” said Whelan.
Whiteway Mayor Craig Whelan (front) shows resident Leslie Harnum how to use the town’s new potable water dispensing system.
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Whiteway Mayor Craig Whelan holds up a glass of freshly poured water from the town’s new dispensing system.