Water woes

Adam Randell
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Northern Peninsula communities face problems with water

St. Anthony Bight residents Walter White, left, and Wayne Taylor take a shift pumping water from Big Brook Pond to the community’s water supply, some 1,400 feet away.

It seems no town’s water supply is safe on the Great Northern Peninsula when it comes to the harsh weather that has been experienced this winter and spring.

Residents of St. Anthony Bight found that out recently, when thick ice and low water levels caused water pressure to drop drastically.

So two weeks ago they started pumping water from a nearby water supply, Big Brook Pond, some 1,400 feet away.

According to Chris Patey it’s been working.

“We’ve been getting about 80 gallons a minute, and we’ve been able to raise the levels to about two-and-a-half feet,” said Patey, on Tuesday. “But the intake is two feet off bottom, so we’ll keep pumping water.”

On Wednesday, a second pump was hooked up to increase the water levels. In a matter of hours the two-and-a-half feet of water was raised another three inches.


Flower’s Cove too

Much like St. Anthony Bight, Flower’s Cove too experienced pressure loss, but was able to address it in a different manner.

Two weeks ago, the pressure dropped from 50 to 30 pounds per square inch in the span of a couple of days, creating some concern for residents.

“We have plenty of water in the reservoir, so we decided we had to increase the pressure, even though it might do some damage,” said Mayor Keith Billard.

“So we put a second pump on and the pressure is running in the 40s. We’re back up in strength.”

Billard said it will stay that way, until the weather warms and the original pump can maintain the town’s pressure needs.

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