Bay Roberts lifts wa­ter ban

Mayor con­tin­ues to en­cour­age con­ser­va­tion

The Compass - - OPINION - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

A weeks-long wa­ter con­ser­va­tion or­der that placed strict rules on how wa­ter could be used has fi­nally been lifted by the Town of Bay Roberts.

Coun­cil lifted the mea­sures dur­ing a pub­lic meet­ing on Oct. 23, though Mayor Philip Wood con­tin­ued to em­pha­sis the need for res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers to use wa­ter wisely.

“We should continue to be very pru­dent and be wary of wa­ter con­ser­va­tion,” Wood stated.

The town im­ple­mented a wa­ter con­ser­va­tion ad­vi­sory in mid-sum­mer, and tight­ened those mea­sures to a wa­ter ban last month, fol­low­ing one of the dri­est sum­mers in re­cent mem­ory.

The tighter mea­sures pro­hib­ited all but the es­sen­tial use of wa­ter, re­sulted in the tem­po­rary clo­sure of a com­mer­cial car wash, and also re­stricted auto deal­ers from wash­ing ve­hi­cles.

Town of­fi­cials said the three ponds that sup­ply the sys­tem — Ped­dle’s Pond, Big Pond and the smaller sup­ply pond (known to some as Fall Pond) — had dropped to their low­est lev­els in four decades.

A wa­ter gauge at Big Pond was com­pletely ex­posed as the wa­ter re­treated. The base for that gauge is now cov­ered in wa­ter, though the level is still un­com­fort­ably low, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Nigel Black said fol­low­ing the Oct. 23 meet­ing.

Mayor Wood said the town is mov­ing for­ward with plans to in­stall a new wa­ter line be­tween Ped­dle’s Pond and Big Pond, which would im­prove the flow of wa­ter when the streams con­nect­ing the two ponds slow to a trickle, as it did this year. A sim­i­lar line be­tween Big Pond and the sup­ply pond was in­stalled about a decade ago.

“We’ll have a re­port soon on the needed changes for next year,” said the mayor.

Record home con­struc­tion

Mean­while, it’s now a cer­tainty that the town will set a new record this year for home con­struc­tion ap­provals.

The pre­vi­ous record —64 per­mits — was set in 2010, but the num­ber dropped to 50-plus last year.

Coun­cil ap­proved two res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion per­mits last week, bring­ing the 2012 num­ber to 63. Sev­eral oth­ers were re­ferred to the plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee for fur­ther re­view, but of­fi­cials ex­pect the to­tal will be close to 70 by year’s end.

ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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