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.