A water emergency in Prince Edward County has resulted in the Picton Drinking Water Plant being shut down again overnight.
Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff confirmed Wednesday afternoon the plant would cease operating at 8 p.m. Residents connected to the Picton-Bloomfield Drinking Water System are being asked to take measures to reduce their water consumption to maintain the reservoirs.
A statement from the county states no contaminants have entered the water intake, although a floating sheen containing “unconfirmed contaminants” did enter the protection zone by the intake back on Tuesday.
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Quaiff explained how a 30 litre leak into Picton Bay following the sinking of a barge has caused a sheen that can be seen moving on the water, although when temperatures drop the ice stops the sheen from moving.
However, the sheen can’t be seen at night, leading to the halting of operations at the water plant as a security measure. So far, dropping temperatures have prevented the sheen from entering the facility.
However, changing temperatures or wind direction could change that.
Quaiff said the water safety statement issued earlier this week will remain in effect, as will safety measures taken at public institutions including the H.J. MacFarlane Home and local arenas.
“The municipality has already implemented water conservation policies. The Prince Edward Community Centre, for example, has halted all ice maintenance and fire and rescue have been filling their tankers from alternate water resources. H.J. MacFarlane Memorial Home has also implemented an essential-use water use plan,” he…
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