The Council of the Region of Queens Municipality has established an emergency planning group in order to provide a prompt and coordinated response to emergencies throughout Queens County. The emergency service providers include fire, police, ambulance, health, municipal, Transportation, Community Services, Natural Resources, Ground Search and Rescue, and communications.
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When a pending or real emergency situation arises in our community, you should have a battery or crank powered radio available and tune into our local radio stations, CKBW (94.5 FM) or QCCR (99.3FM) for updates and important information.
* Following is an important notice regarding safe water during water shortages, provided by the Department of the Environment:
Providing Safe Water During Water Shortages
During this current water shortage, everyone should do his/her part to conserve water and ensure their drinking water and water in general is safe.
Safe Water Collection
• Containers used should be suitable for the collection and storage of drinking water.
• Containers should be cleaned and sanitized before using them to collect and store water. The following is a method for cleaning and sanitizing your containers:
1. Clean thoroughly using dish soap and warm water and rinse.
2. Mix 1 teaspoon of household liquid bleach to 1 litre of water. Use bleach that does not have an added scent or fabric softener.
3. Pour this solution into the cleaned storage container and shake well, making sure that the bleach solution coats the entire inside of the container.
4. Let sit at least 30 seconds and then empty.
5. Let the container air dry. The container should be kept covered and stored in a manner that keeps it clean and sanitized until it is used.
Drinking and Household Water Usage
• For residential households not on municipal supplies, it is strongly recommended that only water from a registered or municipal supply be used.
• For information on how to disinfect a small amount of water, including instruction on boiling water, see NSE emergency related fact sheet on drinking water http://novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/FACT.SHEET.Drinking.Water.pdf
*Note for Registered Public Drinking Water Supplies and Food Establishments; it is a requirement that water used is from an approved supply. Nova Scotia Environment must be advised of intended change in water source.
• Under most circumstances it is not necessary to boil water for other household purposes. Adults, adolescents and older children may shower, bathe or wash but should avoid swallowing the water. Toddlers and infants should be sponge bathed.
• Dishes and laundry may be washed in water that has not been boiled, either by hand or by machine.
Alternate Water Sources
• Water from lakes, rivers, streams and other surface water sources, including natural and roadside springs, are not reliable, safe water supplies. These sources may be contaminated.
• During the current water shortage, adding water to wells from other sources may not work.
• Any water used for filling cisterns should be from a municipal water supply or a registered public drinking water supply.
Protecting Your Well
• Homeowners are responsible for monitoring the quality of their well water. It is recommended that you sample your well water twice a year for bacteria and every two years for chemical parameters at a minimum. For further information on protecting your drinking water follow the link: http://novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/droponwaterFAQ_ProtectingDrinkingWater.pdf
Water Distribution Centres
• For fire stations and other facilities (not connected to a municipal system) considering water distribution:
o Only distribute water for non-potable purposes.
o If water was recently tested for chemical parameters (within 2 years for groundwater sources & 1 year for surface water sources) and proven safe, water may be considered potable if boiled after being brought home.
o Water should only be dispensed from an inside tap. IF an outside tap is used it should be disinfected both inside and out before use; use either an alcohol swab or bleach solution (1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach to 1 litre of water).
o Only use hoses that have been labelled safe for use with drinking water. Most garden hoses and fire hoses should not be used to dispense water.
For further information:
Nova Scotia Environment
Toll Free: 1-877-9ENVIRO (1-877-936-8476)
September 15, 2016