Drinking-water system a ‘no brainer,’ says Jackson’s Arm mayor

Jamie Bennett
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Harry Hallett, marketing manager for Fay Environment Canada Ltd. and former mayor of Leading Tickles, addresses the Great Humber Joint Council on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Howley.

 Resident’s of Jackson’s Arm should soon have clear, clean drinking water.

The town is installing the Fay Environment Canada Ltd. offered Safety 400 advanced drinking-water system in the coming months.

Former Leading Tickles mayor Harry Hallett, marketing manager with the company, gave a presentation about the benefits of the system during the monthly meeting of the Great Humber Joint Council in Howley on Saturday.  

The system has been installed in a number of communities through out the province, including Isle aux Morts, and is the only system currently promoted by the provincial government.

Once installed, residents will have access to clean tap water at a pumphouse in the community and the $350,000 cost can be split through a 90-10 per cent cost share whereby the provincial government will pay the bulk.

Communities will be permitted to use its gas tax to cover the 10 per cent of the price tag.

Jackson’s Arm Mayor Vince Parsons was at the meeting Saturday and said such a system is a “no-brainer” in towns like his which lack access to clean drinking water.   

“We get a lot of boil orders and we use a lot of chlorine,” Parsons said Saturday following the joint council meeting. “Hopefully this will cut down on that. We are about 75 per cent seniors in our town, so this will take a lot of stress and worry away.”

There was some discussion at the meeting about whether it would be worth the effort to install such a setup, which requires users to fill and transport jugs and containers of water.

With nearly 80 per cent of residents already getting water as far away as Corner Brook, Parsons said the system would be much more convenient and is sorely needed.

“You go to the town hall and they’ve got a filter there, but even when you come out it’s like apple juice,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hallett said the government is adamantly pushing the system because it wants to cut down on boil orders around the province.

Once installed, community training on the system is provided and the setup typically requires a maximum of 80 man-hours of maintenance.

Hallett said feedback has been good in communities with the Fay system and is hopeful his presentation sparked enough interest that more towns will follow suit.

“We haven’t had a negative report or any issues from anyone,” he said. “We’ve had a bad winter in the province and we haven’t heard a sound.

“We got some feedback and we will make a presentation to any council that wants us.”

The next meeting of the council is slated for May 31 in Norris Point.

Organizations: Fay Environment Canada, Great Humber Joint Council

Geographic location: Leading Tickles, Howley, Isle aux Morts Corner Brook Norris Point

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