Town looking to bring in underwater camera to examine intake
© Jeff Elliott photo
A group of men gather around a temporary water pump system on Feb. 18, three days after the town of Goose Cove lost its supply of the commodity. Townsfolk have been working in shifts transporting water from nearby Jack’s Pond to the dam.
Gathered around a temporary pump system working vigorously to gather water, a small group of Goose Cove townsmen waited patiently on Jack’s Pond for the arrival of those on deck, ready to relieve them of their shift.
The tiny community lost its water supply on the eve of Feb. 15 and area residents have been working continuously transporting water from the depths of the nearby lagoon, which acts as the dam’s primary supplier.
And with a schedule in place, the gentlemen have been swapping out every two hours.
“The poor men have been at it 24 hours around the clock,” said Mayor Marie Reardon, who was informed of the pressing issue early Sunday morning.
“We certainly have to give them a pat on the back.”
Troubling weather conditions this weekend past, which saw communities on the Northern Peninsula plummeted with heavy snowfalls and hasty wind gusts, exacerbated the problem.
But the dedicated townsfolk refused to veer off schedule, despite the weather inadequacies.
And while water has returned to most of the community, there are still households without the commodity.
“Most of them are melting snow, just to flush their toilets,” said Reardon.
It’s uncertain when running water will return to the entire community, but efforts are being made to get to the root of the problem and to sanction a fix.
“We’re waiting to see if we can get an underwater camera to determine if anything is blocking off the intake,” said Reardon. “But the men are currently still pumping water.
“We got our fingers crossed.”
Reardon said that this is the second time the water level in the dam has fallen low enough to require manual pumping, indicating that the last incident took place approximately twelve years ago.
“I guess it’s where we’ve had winter so early and there’s probably people who have been running their water so that it don’t freeze,” she said.
At last check, the water in the dam has risen two-and-a-half feet from the time efforts began.