The slow return of Goose Cove’s water supply

Jeff Elliott
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“Everything is going good,” said Goose Cove Mayor Marie Reardon of the community’s water situation.

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.

For a string of days in February, passersby could observe area residents on Jack’s Pond, which acts as the dam’s primary supplier, working continuously to transport water from the nearby lagoon.

The town lost its supply of the commodity on the eve of Feb. 15, amidst a hasty storm that plummeted the peninsula with heavy snowfalls.

For 24-hours around the clock, dedicated townsfolk worked tirelessly to keep the town’s water supply at a manageable level.

“We never fully ran out of water, but the pressure went a little low,” said Reardon. “[Residents] knew it was coming, so they started pumping again to keep the pressure up.”

She said they spent an additional four to six days pumping last week, but as of now the effort has stopped and she is crossing her fingers that it’ll be the end of the exhaustive routine.

“Hopefully this won’t be an ongoing problem, but I guess you have to do what you have to do,” she said.

When the Northern Pen last reported on the situation, there were talks of getting an underwater camera to determine if anything was blocking off the intake, but Reardon isn’t convinced it’s necessary anymore.

“I don’t know if we’ll have to look into it later on, but as of right now we don’t need to bother,” she said.

Geographic location: Goose Cove

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