Senior hope to elebrate new water system in Birchy Brook

Frank Gale
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It seemed a lot easier back then, in the olden days. That was one of Lucy Sheppard’s thoughts when talking about having to drag water into her house in buckets to flush the toilet.

She has one of 15 households in the Birchy Brook section of Flat Bay West that has been without water for weeks now, due to the community well going dry and then caving in.

This week, Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dan Crummell announced $125,000 is being allotted to connect Birchy Brook with the Flat Bay West water services about a kilometre away.

Sheppard, 75, and who bruised her leg badly about a week ago when she slipped lugging water to her bathroom, welcomes the news.

She said the bruising is almost gone away now and says she couldn’t be happier than hearing the news of the money that will provide a good water system to Birchy Brook.

Sheppard, who lives directly across the road from the old well site, is not sad to see it go.

“I think we’ll have to have a celebration once the first tap is turned on,” she said.

She said it’s been very difficult having to carry water in buckets to the bathroom and for other uses since the well went dry.

Geographic location: Birchy Brook, Flat Bay West

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