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** Updates on supports available for residents with dry wells or shortages of water will be posted here.  Please check back often. All notices will remain on this page until the water shortage has come to an end. The most recent information will be posted first. **

 

Oct. 17, 2016: Many in our community are still dealing with the effects of the drought - dry wells and lack of potable drinking water. Some supports for residents with dry wells or limited water are:

Potable Water:
Liverpool Public Well 733 Main St., Liverpool
North Queens Fire Hall 9793 Hwy. 8 , Caledonia (tap is between the fire truck doors)
Seaside Centre 1066 Eastern Shore Road, Beach Meadows - free, donations accepted (tap is on right side of building)
Thomas Raddall Provincial Park East Port L'Hebert Road

Showers:
Queens Place Emera Centre
50 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool (check in at Customer Service Desk for an available shower. Bring towel, soap, etc.)

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park (until October 27, 2016)
East Port L'Hebert Road
10 am until 8 pm, Sunday - Thursday. Bring towel, soap, etc.

Bottled Water:
The Region of Queens has coordinated delivery of bottled water, donated by the Retail Council of Nova Scotia and distributed through EMO Nova Scotia, is available at the following locations (please note: household limit of 2 cases, first come, first served):
Queens Ground Search and Rescue –Old Cobbs Barn Road, Brooklyn (6 - 8 p.m. daily)
Mary Lake Home Hardware Building Centre - 9681 Hwy. 8, Caledonia

 

 

Oct. 3, 2016: While the rain last week and over the weekend was welcomed, it has not been enough to restore the water table, wells and current conditions to what they are in a typical autumn. There are still many homes in Queens County with dry wells or very limited water. Following is some information to assist those experiencing a water shortage.

Potable Water:
Liverpool Public Well 733 Main St., Liverpool
North Queens Fire Hall 9793 Hwy. 8 , Caledonia (tap is between the fire truck doors)
Seaside Centre 1066 Eastern Shore Road, Beach Meadows - free, donations accepted (tap is on right side of building)
Thomas Raddall Provincial Park East Port L'Hebert Road

Showers:
Queens Place Emera Centre
50 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool (check in at Customer Service Desk for an available shower. Bring towel, soap, etc.)

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park
East Port L'Hebert Road
10 am until 8 pm, Sunday - Thursday. Bring towel, soap, etc.

Bottled Water:
The Region of Queens has coordinated delivery of bottled water, donated by the Retail Council of Nova Scotia and distributed through EMO Nova Scotia, is available at the following locations (please note: household limit of 2 cases, first come, first served):
Queens Ground Search and Rescue –Old Cobbs Barn Road, Brooklyn
Mary Lake Home Hardware Building Centre - 9681 Hwy. 8, Caledonia

Well Questionnaire:
The Region of Queens Municipality is collecting information regarding wells in the community, and request that if a resident has a well (whether it is dry or not) that they take a few moments to answer a brief questionnaire at http://www.regionofqueens.com For those who do not have access to the internet, they may call 902-354-5741 and staff at the Region of Queens will ask the questions over the phone.

For current updates and information about the current water situation, please check this link:
http://www.regionofqueens.com/residents-and-council/council/press-releases/1197-community-advisory-support-for-residents-of-queens-county-with-dry-wells

 

 

Sept. 23, 2016
Public Notice:

A new shipment of bottled water has arrived today for residents in Queens County. It will be distributed from the Queens County Ground Search and Rescue building on 20 Old Cobbs Barn Road, Brooklyn (near Queens Place Emera Centre) from 6 – 8 p.m. each evening. There is a household limit of 2 cases.

There is bottled water available at some other distribution points in locations throughout Queens County:
Mary Lake Home Hardware, Caledonia
Coastal Queens Place, Port Mouton
Stew’s Corner Convenience, Greenfield
and Brady Home Building Centre, Brooklyn (supply is low at this one location, as we transition to the distribution to the Queens Ground Search and Rescue building).

There has been good response so far to the Well Questionnaire posted on the website ... if you are on a well, please fill it out, whether you have a dry well or not. It is a 5 question survey, and takes less than 2 minutes to complete. It is on the home page of the website (www.regionofqueens.com) –simply click the blue box with the image of a faucet and the form will pop up. Those who do not have access to the internet, can call 902-354-5741 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to complete the form over the phone.

There is a notice on the Region’s website called “Supports for Residents with Dry Wells” that contains all the notices and information distributed in the community regarding supports available for people (where to access potable water, where to get a shower, how to recommission a dry well so the water is safe, steps for ensuring your water containers are safe, etc.). Check it often for news.

 

Locations of Showers, Potable Water and Bottled Water for Residents with Dry Wells

September 21, 2016

With little rain since June 1, many homes in Queens County have dry wells or shortages of water. Following is some information to assist those experiencing a water shortage.


Potable Water:
Liverpool Public Well, 733 Main St., Liverpool
North Queens Fire Hall, 9793 Hwy. 8 , Caledonia (tap is between the fire truck doors)
Seaside Centre, 1066 Eastern Shore Road, Beach Meadows - free, donations accepted (tap is on right side of building)
Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, East Port L'Hebert Road

Showers:
Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool (check in at Customer Service Desk for an available shower. Bring towel, soap, etc.)

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, East Port L'Hebert Road
10 am until 8 pm, Sunday - Thursday. Bring towel, soap, etc.

Also - Please note that bottled water, donated by the Retail Council of Nova Scotia and coordinated by EMO Nova Scotia, is available at the following locations (please note: household limit of 2 cases, first come, first served):
Stews Corner Convenience & Gas, 5077 Hwy 210, Greenfield, NS
Mary Lake Home Hardware Building Centre, 9681 Hwy. 8, Caledonia, NS
Brady Home Building Centre, 3946 Hwy. 3, Brooklyn, NS
and Coastal Queens Place, 8100 Hwy. 103, Port Mouton, NS
There are still a few cases at the Region of Queens Administration building in the parking lot, but the supply is getting low at that one location.

For current updates and information about the current water situation, please check this link.

 

Recommisioning Wells

Sept. 20, 2016

Following is some information from Nova Scotia Environment and Labour regarding recommissioning a dry well to ensure it is safe. Click here for the pdf .  

 

Well Questionnaire

Posted Sept. 20, 2016:  Please take a few moments to complete a questionnaire about the location and status of wells in Queens County.  Follow this link to answer a few brief questions.

 

Posted Sept. 20, 2016:  Provincial Parks open to community use for showers, water ...click 

 here

Support for those with Dry Wells in Queens County
(updated at 2:00 p.m., Sept. 20)

Bottled water has arrived at the distribution points, and effective 2 p.m., all have received shipments. 

Water delivery has been confirmed at the Region of Queens Municipality administration building, Brady Home Building Centre, Coastal Queen's Place, Mary Lake Home Hardware Building Centre, and Stews Corner Convenience & Gas.

Please note respect the needs of others and take only what is needed for your household, to a maximum limit of 2 cases per household, on a first come, first served basis.

 

Community Advisory:  Supports for those with Dry Wells

September 19, 2016; Liverpool, NS: The Region of Queens Municipality has received a supply of bottled water, donated by the Retail Council of Nova Scotia and distributed via EMO Nova Scotia. This water will be available free of charge to residents of Queens County who have dry wells or a shortage of potable water in this time of drought.

The Region of Queens requests that residents be respectful of each other’s needs and to take only what is needed for your household (limit of 2 cases of water per household, please) so we can accurately assess community need. The Region of Queens may place another order next week if there remains a need.

Water pick up is on a first come, first served basis.
Limit of 2 cases per household.

Bottled water will be available at the following locations beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20, prior to noon:
Mary Lake Home Hardware, 9681 Hwy. 8, Caledonia, NS
Stews Corner Convenience and Gas, 5077 Hwy 210, Greenfield, NS
Brady’s Home Building Centre, 3946 Hwy. 3, Brooklyn, NS
Coastal Queens Place, 8100 Hwy. 103, Port Mouton, NS
Region of Queens Administration Office (back parking lot), 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, NS

Please check the Region of Queens website www.regionofqueens.com or Facebook page for future updates.

 

Is Your Well Dry?  Access to Potable Water and Shower Facilities in Queens

Sept. 16, 2016:  With residential wells going dry throughout the Region of Queens Municipality, residents have been looking for access to potable water.  There is potable water available at the following locations for residential use:
Liverpool "Town Well", 733 Main St., Liverpool, NS

North Queens Fire Hall, 9793 Hwy. 8, Caledonia, NS  (tap is located between the fire truck doors)

Shower facilities:  Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS is pleased to offer the use of their showers to residents with dry wells.  Please visit the Customer Service Desk upon arrival for information on which showers are unoccupied.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.   Please bring your own towel and personal soap, etc.

 

Providing Safe Water During Water Shortages

Sept. 15, 2016:  This information has been provided by Nova Scotia Environment, and is a good source of information for ensuring water is safe during this time of drought and 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

novascotia.ca/nse

Toll Free: 1-877-9ENVIRO (1-877-936-8476)