Boil water advisory lifted; state of emergency remains

Boil water advisory lifted; state of emergency remains.
The week-long boil water advisory has been lifted however the state of emergency still remains until Prince Edward County officials are confident contamination in Picton Bay no longer poses a threat to the drinking water system.
On Thursday, Mayor Robert Quaiff and members of the Emergency Control Group updated residents on the ongoing water situation on the Picton Bay.
The water treatment plant started up again Wednesday and moments prior to Thursday’s press conference, the Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit lifted the week-long boil water advisory affecting Picton and Bloomfield residents.
Prince Edward County has confirmed that water being produced by the Picton Drinking Water Plant and water presently in the Picton/Bloomfield Distribution System meets all Provincial Water Quality Standards.
Thanking residents and businesses for their patience throughout the week-long ordeal, Mayor Quaiff said they are waiting for further water tests on the Picton Bay before lifting the water emergency.
Quaiff added they anticipate those results will made available early next week.
Mayor Quaiff again thanked neighbouring municipalities along with provincial and federal levels of government for coming to the County’s aid by offering water and completing water testing too.
He praised staff who have been working overtime along with water haulers who stepped up and have been transporting water all week to Picton.
CAO James Hepburn said it’s still too early to reveal the details of Wednesday’s talks with legal counsel but the public will be made aware of any litigation process.

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