Hook­ing up

Province’s cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity gets green light from City of Char­lot­te­town to join mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter sup­ply

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

It’s cost­ing taxpayers $1,000 per week to pro­vide bot­tled wa­ter to the pro­vin­cial cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity.

Un­safe lev­els of ar­senic and ura­nium found in the jail’s ground­wa­ter sup­ply have forced in­mates and staff to use bot­tled wa­ter for the last sev­eral weeks.

Ar­senic and ura­nium are both nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring in ground­wa­ter.

There have been no re­ports of ill­ness among in­mates or em­ploy­ees, but they have been us­ing bot­tled wa­ter for drink­ing and food prepa­ra­tion for the last sev­eral weeks.

Wash­ing and show­er­ing has been al­lowed, as the guide­lines are only for con­sump­tion.

The province is now look­ing at op­tions for a long-term so­lu­tion.

Char­lot­te­town city coun­cil voted at its July public meet­ing Mon­day to al­low the fa­cil­ity, bet­ter known as Sleepy Hol­low, to hook into the city’s wa­ter sup­ply although a timetable hasn’t been made public. It comes with con­di­tions, how­ever.

The city will charge a 25 per cent pre­mium as a sur­charge for ser­vices pro­vided out­side the city bound­aries.

The province will also have to foot the bill for con­struc­tion costs as­so­ci­ated with hook­ing into the city’s wa­ter sup­ply.

The same con­di­tions were agreed to be­tween the city and province in re­gards to the pro­posed move of the Queens County High­way Main­te­nance De­pot, from River­side Drive in Char­lot­te­town to 355 Brack­ley Point Road.

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