PROV­INCE LOOK­ING AT BLACK TICKLE WA­TER PLANT

Quick re­sponse im­presses those hop­ing for a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY EVAN CA­REEN

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.

COUR­TESY OF SHEL­DON MOR­RIS

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.

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