Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Kent expects the people of Pigeon Cove and St. Barbe will have running water within 48 hours.
Tuesday afternoon, Kent told The Western Star that a contractor from Mount Pearl was en route to the Northern Peninsula communities.
The two communities have been without water since last Wednesday when the intake to their water system in Long Pond froze over.
Kent said Electric Motor and Pump, a division of Pioneer Enterprises, will be carrying out the necessary work to restore water to the two communities, which are governed by a joint local service district.
The actual remedy will involve two stages.
“The plan involves the installation of an overland piping system to the nearest available water supply,” said Kent. The pipes will be run to a pond about 1.3 km from the current source.
Kent had previously expressed concerns over the possibility of overland lines freezing, but said the province and the contractor have found a way around that.
“By having a pump running constantly and having people in place to monitor the system, we should be able to avoid freezing,” he said.
Kent said the province will need the co-operation of the local service district to make it all happen.
It will take several days to install the piping system, so in the meantime the province has decided to set up storage tanks with a pumper truck to feed the system.
“I didn’t want to wait several days longer,” said Kent.
“That’s a more expensive add-on, but it provides water to residents in the quickest possible way.”
In all, Kent said, restoring water to Pigeon Cove and St. Barbe will cost in excess of $100,000.