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More steps being taken to help Shelburne County residents affected by drought conditions

A lack of rain this summer is causing problems for some people when it comes to water in their wells.
A lack of rain this summer is causing problems for some people when it comes to water in their wells. - Contributed

SHELBURNE COUNTY, NS – Increased measures are being taken in Shelburne County to help residents impacted by the lack of rain with non-potable water sources.

Fire departments in the Municipality of Barrington have started delivering non-potable (not for drinking) water to residents in their districts, provided they have a container to dump the water in, and are willing to sign a waiver upon delivery. Water will not be dumped into wells.

For residents of the Woods Harbour/Shag Harbour fire coverage area, contact either 902-723-2455 during regular business hours or 902-635-3000 anytime and leave a message with name, phone number and civic address to request water delivery. Water will be delivered most evenings. A water hose is also available at the Woods Harbour/Shag Harbour hall to fill containers with non-potable water, but you must contact a member to get access.

The Island & Barrington Passage Fire Department is also offering to deliver water to residents in need in their fire coverage area. Call 902-635-1947 and leave a text message or voice mail, or 902-745-0228 and leave a voice mail. Water will be delivered on Wednesdays only.

A water hose is also available at the Island & Barrington Passage Fire Hall. It will be left outside through the large front door on the far left for people to use. The water is non-potable.

For residents in the Barrington/Port La Tour fire coverage area contact 902-635-4019 and leave a text message or voice mail to arrange water delivery. Water will be delivered on Wednesdays only. A water hose is also being left outside the Barrington/Port La Tour Fire Hall building in Villagedale for people to fill containers with non-potable water.

addition, showers are available at the Sandy Wickens Memorial Arena for the public’s use from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Washers are available for use at the Barrington Ground Search and Rescue Building in Barrington Passage from Monday to Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. A non-potable water supply is also available at Sherose Island.

In eastern Shelburne County, fire departments have not started distributing water yet, but they do have the taps turned on at their halls for the public to fill containers and jugs with non-potable water.

“A few residents are reporting low and dry wells around the area,” said Mike Shand, co-ordinator for the Shelburne County East Emergency Measures Organization (SCEEMO), adding at this point the drought is “not as widespread as it was a couple of years ago.”

Shand said rural fire departments in the Municipality of Shelburne and the Shelburne and Lockeport town departments all have taps available for people to fill containers but are not looking to distribute water at this point yet. If the situation worsens, that will be revisited.

While fire departments in eastern Shelburne County have been notified to stop filling pools as a conservation measure, Shand said “there’s no drastic concern yet, I don’t think” with municipal water sources at Hayden’s Lake in Jordan and Rodney Lake in Shelburne.

Eastern Shelburne County residents impacted by the drought can also use the showers at Islands Provincial Park.

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