Help avail­able to those in Shel­burne County im­pacted by drought


In­creased mea­sures are be­ing taken in Shel­burne County to help res­i­dents im­pacted by the lack of rain with non-potable wa­ter sources.

Fire depart­ments in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton have started de­liv­er­ing non-potable (not for drink­ing) wa­ter to res­i­dents in their dis­tricts, pro­vided they have a con­tainer to dump the wa­ter in, and are will­ing to sign a waiver upon delivery. Wa­ter will not be dumped into wells.

For res­i­dents of the Woods Har­bour/Shag Har­bour fire cov­er­age area, contact ei­ther 902-723-2455 dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours or 902-635-3000 any­time and leave a mes­sage with name, phone num­ber and civic ad­dress to re­quest wa­ter delivery. Wa­ter will be de­liv­ered most evenings. A wa­ter hose is also avail­able at the Woods Har­bour/ Shag Har­bour hall to fill con­tain­ers with non-potable wa­ter, but you must contact a mem­ber to get ac­cess.

The Is­land & Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage Fire Depart­ment is also of­fer­ing to de­liver wa­ter to res­i­dents in need in their fire cov­er­age area. Call 902635-1947 and leave a text mes­sage or voice mail, or 902-745-0228 and leave a voice mail. Wa­ter will be de­liv­ered on Wed­nes­days only.

A wa­ter hose is also avail­able at the Is­land & Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage Fire Hall. It will be left out­side through the large front door on the far left for peo­ple to use. The wa­ter is non-potable.

For res­i­dents in the Bar­ring­ton/ Port La Tour fire cov­er­age area contact 902-635-4019 and leave a text mes­sage or voice mail to ar­range wa­ter delivery. Wa­ter will be de­liv­ered on Wed­nes­days only. A wa­ter hose is also be­ing left out­side the Bar­ring­ton/Port La Tour Fire Hall build­ing in Vil­lagedale for peo­ple to fill con­tain­ers with non­potable wa­ter.

In ad­di­tion, show­ers are avail­able at the Sandy Wick­ens Me­mo­rial Arena for the pub­lic’s use from Mon­day to Fri­day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wash­ers are avail­able for use at the Bar­ring­ton Ground Search and Res­cue Build­ing in Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage from Mon­day to Fri­day from 5 to 9 p.m. A non-potable wa­ter sup­ply is also avail­able at Sherose Is­land.

In east­ern Shel­burne County, fire depart­ments have not started dis­tribut­ing wa­ter yet, but they do have the taps turned on at their halls for the pub­lic to fill con­tain­ers and jugs with non-potable wa­ter.

“A few res­i­dents are reporting low and dry wells around the area,” said Mike Shand, co-or­di­na­tor for the Shel­burne County East Emer­gency Mea­sures Or­ga­ni­za­tion (SCEEMO), adding at this point the drought is “not as wide­spread as it was a cou­ple of years ago.”

Shand said ru­ral fire depart­ments in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Shel­burne and the Shel­burne and Lock­e­port town depart­ments all have taps avail­able for peo­ple to fill con­tain­ers but are not look­ing to dis­trib­ute wa­ter at this point yet. If the sit­u­a­tion wors­ens, that will be re­vis­ited.

While fire depart­ments in east­ern Shel­burne County have been no­ti­fied to stop fill­ing pools as a con­ser­va­tion mea­sure, Shand said “there’s no dras­tic con­cern yet, I don’t think” with mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter sources at Hay­den’s Lake in Jor­dan and Rod­ney Lake in Shel­burne.

East­ern Shel­burne County res­i­dents im­pacted by the drought can also use the show­ers at Is­lands Pro­vin­cial Park.

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