DANIEL’S HARBOUR Work has begun on a water line in Daniel’s Harbour to ensure water supply to all residents in the wake of two recent landslides.
The $130,000 project was announced by Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Kent on a visit to the west coast last week. It is being conducted on a 90-10 basis, meaning Daniel’s Harbour will have to pay for 10 per cent of the cost, which deputy mayor Les Brophy hoped would not be the case.
“This was beyond our control, so we had hoped it would have been fully covered,” he said. “We’ve talked to them about this, but we’ll just have to find a way to pay for it.”
He said the new waterline is hooked into the existing main line and will circle around south of the landslide area, which is still being blocked off. The line should solve any future water cutoff dilemmas caused by more landslides.
The work is expected to be wrapped up by next week, as a 10-day deadline was placed on the project. Brophy said he does not expect it to exceed the timeframe.
Two landslides happened within a span of nearly a month in the Northern Peninsula town, with the first happening last month. No one was injured but the landslide threatens major water lines that supply the north part of the town. A provincial geologist visiting the area said it was caused by loose clay underneath the ground.
The area saw its first major landslide in 2007.