(Update) HRM issues water alert for the Grand Lake area

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**** HRM Media Release

Halifax Regional Municipality is issuing a drinking water alert for Grand Lake, Halifax, Nova Scotia. There is an unknown issue with the water in Grand Lake that has caused animals to die and has sent one citizen to hospital.
All residents who have water feeds from Grand Lake are to cease using the water immediately. Do not consume, do not drink, do not bathe, do not use to cook, do not boil, do not allow pets in the water. Do not go in the water by foot or by boat at anytime, unless this order is rescinded.
Further information and instructions will be provided to citizens on Thursday.

 

**** Halifax Water Release

Update : Water Quality Advisory – Grand Lake

The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising of a Do Not Consume Water/Do Not Use Water Order for residents who draw water directly from Grand Lake.

In the early hours of Thursday, June 10, an emergency alert was sent by the Province of Nova Scotia at the request of the Halifax Regional Municipality, following reports of human and animal illness due to water exposure from Grand Lake.​ The cause of this issue is currently under investigation by the province.​

Residents who draw water directly from Grand Lake, do not consume, do not drink, do not bathe, do not use to cook, do not boil, do not allow pets in the water. Do not go in the water by foot or by boat at any time, until this order is rescinded.

Halifax Water monitors the quality of the water in its systems and has not detected anything outside of normal safe drinking water limits. Halifax Water has issued an advisory and informed its customers that Halifax Water services continue to be safe for normal use and consumption.

Halifax Water operates three small water systems within the same watershed as Grand Lake: Bomont, Collins Park, and Bennery Lake. None of these systems draw water from Grand Lake. Halifax Water tap water remains safe for normal use and consumption throughout the municipality.

Nova Scotia Environment is responsible for all water testing on Grand Lake, as it is a provincial lake. Provincial staff are on-site taking samples this morning. Municipal staff are also supporting these efforts.

A status update will be issued to residents once water quality results have been confirmed.​

There is no information to suggest any concern in other lakes at this time.

Questions regarding the water quality status at Grand Lake should be directed to Nova Scotia Environment.

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Halifax Water Tap Water Remains Safe for Normal Use

 

Update via NS Environment and Climate

​”We are aware of the Grand Lake situation and are investigating. Do not use water from the lake for cooking, brushing teeth, drinking, bathing, swimming, boating or any other use. Halifax Water advises the municipal supply is safe. We will keep the public informed.

Environment staff experts will take samples from Grand Lake this morning using appropriate safety protocols. We have no information to suggest there is a concern in any other lakes at this time.”

In the early hours of Thursday, June 10, an Emergency Alert was sent by the Province of Nova Scotia that included a Do Not Consume Water/Do Not Use Water Order for residents who draw water directly from Grand Lake. Halifax Water did not issue this alert.

Halifax Water wishes to inform our tap water customers that their water continues to be safe for normal use and consumption. Halifax Water operates three small water systems within the same watershed as Grand Lake: Bomont, Collins Park, and Bennery Lake. None of these systems draw water from Grand Lake. Halifax Water tap water remains safe for normal use and consumption throughout HRM.

Halifax Water monitors the quality of the water entering its systems and has not detected anything outside of normal safe drinking water limits.

Any future updates will be posted to www.halifaxwater.ca/alert/grand-lake-drinking-water-advisory.

Halifax Water customers interested in learning more about the source of your drinking water can visit www.halifaxwater.ca/water-service.

To learn more about what Halifax Water does to protect drinking water sources, visit www.halifaxwater.ca/protected-water-areas.

For more information on Halifax Water, please check www.halifaxwater.ca, visit us on YouTube, or Twitter @HalifaxWater, Facebook, or call our Customer Care Centre at 902-420-9287.

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