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As re­ported in the July 11 edi­tion of The North­ern Pen, res­i­dents of Goose Cove went two weeks with­out clean wa­ter in late June and early July.

The is­sue was caused by dredg­ing con­ducted by B&R En­ter­prises at the pond.

The work pol­luted the wa­ter with sed­i­ment.

Lo­cals had to travel to nearby St. An­thony to get ac­cess to clean wa­ter for drink­ing, bathing and wash­ing.

A sup­ple­men­tary line was even­tu­ally in­stalled at the other pond.

Mean­while, some res­i­dents felt this should have been done sooner and the town coun­cil and con­trac­tor should have been bet­ter pre­pared to pre­vent this sit­u­a­tion.

Pond and how it looks at the mo­ment.

“It’s too bad that mud wasn’t dug out of it,” he said. “It’s all drained, it’s a won­der­ful time to do it and if they added a bit of crushed stone to make it half de­cent and clean look­ing.”

Sex­ton told the North­ern Pen on July 25 that the bit of wa­ter that has al­ready drained into the pond looks cloudy.

“The wa­ter that’s in there now is coloured the same as it was be­fore,” he said. “It’s right grey.

“I sup­pose it’ll be al­right again, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Goose Cove Mayor Roy Ward says B&R En­ter­prises, the com­pany con­tracted by the town to work on the wa­ter sup­ply, drained the pond be­cause the sed­i­ment that was stirred up did not set­tle. Drain­ing the pond also al­lowed them to do a bet­ter job to work at the dam.

The com­pany is putting a rub­ber mem­brane on the wooden dam to pre­vent leaks.

Ward says all the work is just about fin­ished; they’re just wait­ing for the reser­voir to fill up again.

“Even though the weather is dry, it is grad­u­ally fill­ing back up,” he said.


This is what Goose Cove res­i­dents found when they poured wa­ter from their taps on June 23.

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