PROVINCE LOOKING AT BLACK TICKLE WATER PLANT
Quick response impresses those hoping for a solution to the problem
A few weeks ago a post on social media from Sheldon Morris of Black Tickle garnered a lot of attention.
It showed bath water in Black Tickle, which was brown and not clean looking at all. The post quickly got the attention of Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair MHA Lisa Dempster.
Morris said he’s impressed with the response.
“Right after I posted that I started hearing from people about it,” he said. “I’m impressed this is happening so quickly.
“As soon as the post started circulating pretty much instantly stuff started getting done. The water affects the whole community, so it is something that needs to be fixed now, not five months down the road.”
Right now there is a maintenance person looking at the system and trying to find out the cause. If that doesn’t work the province is looking at sending a diver there to look at the intake system itself.
Morris said in his opinion the only long-term fix is a permanent maintenance person. He said it would stop a lot of these issues before it becomes a problem.
“Preventative maintenance is key,” he said. “The pond it comes from isn’t the cleanest water so the system needs to be maintained regularly. So I guess we’ll see what they say after it’s looked at.”
Dempster, who was travelling in her role as Minister for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation and Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities at the time the post was made, said when she was first elected in
2013 she became aware very quickly there was a water issue in Black Tickle.
The issue right now isn’t with drinking water, but what is referred to as general use water, for bathing, dishes, doing laundry, things like that.
“I have to say, I wasn’t aware of anything like this ever happening before, not to this level,” she told The Labradorian. “From what I understand there’s very high iron content, which may contribute to the colour of the water. Either way it looked bad and we have to try to sort that out. Who wants to wash their clothes or bath in something like that?”
Dempster was in contact with Municipal Affair Minister Andrew Parsons about the issue and said he was very helpful.
She said she knows Black Tickle doesn’t have the capacity in the community to fix the issue themselves so the government used some funding from Municipal Affairs to have a contractor look at the system and hopefully resolve the issue.
“If this don’t work we’ll have to figure it out from there,” she said. “We may have to bring in specialized divers to look at the system, hopefully it doesn’t come to that.”
Dempster said she’s also pleased at how quickly the issue has moved forward and will keep on top of the situation.
The general use water in Black Tickle has been this dark colour recently. The province currently has a maintenance person contracted to look at the issue.