The luxury of clean running water

Kevin Curley
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Milton upgrades water system

The town of Milton has applied for phase two of their water system.

The project began two years ago in getting a new filtration system. The system is state of the art and the only one of its kind in Newfoundland, says Local Service District Member Geoff Adams.

"It's quite amazing and it meant for the first time in 10 or 15 years we've been able to drink the water," says Adams.

Back in 2011, residents of Milton were desperately crusading for safe, clean water in their community.

There had been regular boil water orders posted in the community for over 30 years and in 2010 the order wasn't lifted for an entire year.

That's when frustrations in the community really began to mount; members of the community began a petition and started actively contacting local members of government demanding action.

Lily Pond, which is 485 feet above sea level, waters the town but the water was consistently contaminated with sediment, silt and even leeches.

As they were upgrading to the new system, they discovered something had not been attached correctly and they were sucking up everything in the pond without filtration.

Adams says things have changed quite a bit since then, and the LSD has decided to look at upgrading Milton and George's Brook even further.

"We applied for funding and we found out a couple weeks ago that we got approved for that," says Adams. "That's more to upgrade the present system of both communities - in terms of the mains and flush valves - so we can divide the towns into smaller more manageable areas. We can then implement a reporting process that is able to define for us where our weak points are in the facility and create a strategy going forward as to how we can actually fix things."

Once this second phase is completed, Adams says they will be in a good position to look at what they have on a much larger scale and assess the situation so they can move ahead with the next phase in a secure fashion.

They had been dealing with a water system that was over 40 years old and at the time maintenance wasn't being carried out due to lack of volunteers.

"Volunteer organizations can only get so much done with the resources you have. We managed to accomplish quite a bit in the last three years, now, we've got two water projects approved and one completed."

Organizations: Local Service

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Lily Pond

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