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Boil water advisory for parts of Picton lifted

UPDATE SATURDAY, DEC 29 – The boil water advisory issued on Thursday, Dec. 27 for customers located northeast of the intersection of County Road 49 and Spencer Street in Picton has been lifted by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

The County of Prince Edward has confirmed that water being produced by the Picton/Bloomfield Drinking Water Plant and water presently in the Picton/Bloomfield distribution system meets provincial water quality standards and is safe for consumption and use for all domestic purposes.

Affected users can resume normal use of municipal drinking water without bringing it to a boil.

The municipality recommends that affected users flush household plumbing through the cold water tap until water runs cold to the touch.

UPDATE THURSDAY, DEC 27: A boil water advisory remains in effect for water customers located northeast of the intersection of County Road 49 and Spencer Street in Picton.

The County reports the watermain leak has been repaired and all services affected on Wednesday, Dec, 26 have been restored.

The boil water advisory will remain in place until bacteriological tests prove that water is within accepted quality and safety limits.

The following locations are covered under the boil water advisory:

o All connections on Highway 49 northeast of the intersection of Spencer Street and Highway 49 (Picton Main Street). This includes H.J. McFarland Memorial Home.

o Any users connected to the municipal water system located on Fawcette Avenue, 1st Street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, Pottery Lane, Edgecliffe Crescent, and Wellings Drive.

o Spencer Street is NOT covered under the boil water advisory.

Once the boil water advisory is lifted, affected users are recommended to flush household plumbing through the cold water tap until water runs cold to the touch.

· Operations staff have completed flushing in the system. If coloured water is experienced, residents can flush the cold water tap nearest to the water meter in their home to flush colour from their taps.

 

DEC 26 – As a result of a watermain break, and in consultation with the Hastings and Prince Edward County Health Unit, a boil water advisory has been issued for customers located northeast of County Road 49 and Spencer Street in Picton.

Lower than normal pressures have been experienced in portions of the system. The municipality is working to repair the watermain and restore pressure as quickly as possible.

As a precautionary measure, the Hastings and Prince Edward County Health Unit is recommending that affected customers bring water to a rapid boil for at least one minute prior to using it for domestic purposes (e.g. drinking, making infant formula and juice, brushing teeth, washing raw foods and making ice). See the attached copy of How to Use Water Safely During a Boil Water Advisory.

The boil water advisory will remain in place until such time that bacteriological tests prove that water is within accepted quality and safety limits.

Some users in the Picton/Bloomfield Drinking Water System may experience intermittent pressure fluctuations as repairs in the supply system are completed and distribution monitoring is conducted.

Once the boil water advisory is lifted, communications will be shared through local media outlets, social media (@Shire_Hall on Twitter and Prince Edward County on Facebook), and the County’s website. At that time, affected users are recommended to flush household plumbing through the cold water tap until water runs cold to the touch.

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  1. Susan says:

    Young starter families if somehow they can swing a home in this town cannot put $2,000 water or more on top of $3,000 – $4,000 taxes. Our water costs on top of taxes can only be supported by the wealthy retirees. That limits growth or any resolution to the water crisis!

  2. Chuck says:

    A blessing is described as the bestowal of a divine gift or favour. At $2,400 a year for tap water that few can drink due to the smell and taste, it’s a little rich to be called a blessing.

  3. Mark says:

    I’m so grateful we have any water and sewer as well. Think about what so much of the world lives with daily and count your blessings people.

  4. Michelle says:

    Imagine the carcigenic lime dust in our supply today. There is a reason for the high cancer deaths here. Who could have missed the cement plant emmissions today!

  5. Gary says:

    Water prior to our Jan.1st increase is on average $200 a month. Any rebates for no supply?

  6. Jenn says:

    Weston – they still need to notify you so you know that you’re to flush your taps after the water comes back on to get rid of any contaminates possibly remaining.

  7. weston says:

    We have also been without water since this morning. I find the lack of communication on the County of Prince Edward website to be pretty much nil except for the water advisory. We have been without water since 10am but someone from the County came to our door at 4pm and handed us a water advisory notice. Well we can’t boil it IF we do not have any.

  8. Dave Tugwood says:

    We have been without a drop of water since this morning. We are out near the end of the line on 49.

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