Neil's Harbour boil advisory lifted
Victoria County issued a boil water advisory on Aug. 7 to residents on the Neil’s Harbour Water Supply. The advisory was due to an equipment malfunction in the water system, according to the County.
The County did not give specific information as to what part of the system malfunctioned, but Osborne Burke, General Manager of Victoria Co-op Fisheries VCF), told The Standard that there was no chlorine in the water supply to VCF on Aug 7.
Burke said the local water operator notified VCF on the evening of Aug. 6 that the chlorination system would be shutting down and he didn’t expect any water to flow. Burke said, however, that that wasn’t the case and water continued to flow.
“Once [the supply system] pumped water in the tower, it had no chlorination to go along with it.” Burke said on the fisheries’ water supply.
VCF tests its water every morning before processing. The processing plant reopened on Aug. 10 after the County had 2 consecutive water tests showing good quality water for the community to use.
While the advisory was in effect, the County asked residents in the area to boil their water for one minute if it was to be consumed.
District #7 Councillor Wayne Budge said at a council meeting on Aug. 7 that he wasn’t even aware of the advisory for the Neil’s Harbour area until one of his constituents called with complaints about water quality.
County spokesperson Jocelyn Bethune said the shutdown was necessary due to a break in a water line caused by a private contractor. The advisory was lifted on Aug. 9 at 1:00 PM.