Neil's Har­bour boil ad­vi­sory lifted

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - SEAN MAC­DOUGALL

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.

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