YARMOUTH COUNTY - The Municipality of Yarmouth announced the launch of an education campaign at its Aug. 15 council meeting in response to the water shortage that many are beginning to experience in the county.
The campaign is aimed at conservation, protecting the vulnerable and making sure people are aware what resources are available to support them now.
The following initiatives are in place:
Mariners Centre is offering showers to anyone who wishes to use them. Users must bring their own toiletries and linens. Hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The facility is also offering to fill large containers at the Zamboni fill station at the rear of the complex. Individuals must bring their own containers and fill them. Staff will be on hand to assist.
Chief administrative officer Victoria Brooks says seniors or disabled persons who are low on water or need assistance with water delivery can contact the senior safety co-ordinator, Doris Landry (902-881-4099).
“We’ve made arrangements with Doris to have ways and means to address problems that she uncovers there,” Brooks said.
The municipality also has a water supply upgrade program. To date, one application has been approved and one is pending. The program is designed to help make financing available, with certain conditions, directly through the Municipality of Yarmouth to remediate a well water supply situation.
The municipality has also received an invitation to partner with Th’YARC, which is in the process of purchasing the former Arcadia School.
Free water is available at the school seven days/week from a hose on the playground side of the school.
Th’YARC president Mitch Bonnar says a water test was completed Aug. 15 with a 0/0 bacteria count.
“The water goes through three huge filters, a monster Ultra Violet light and is set to 60 PSI. The hose is new and is stated to be drinking water safe,” he said.
For those that wish to show their appreciation with a donation towards the building fund, they can be made to the Th'YARC on Parade Street.
The hours of operation will be 9 a.m.to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
Only containers can be filled and the supply is not intended for “huge cubes.”
Brooks says in addition to these initiatives, there is the spring in Weymouth that runs 24/7 with free water.
“We also have private-sector participants who can be of assistance at this stage,” she said.
“Most importantly, we’re going to communicate conservation practices. We’re going to help remind people how they can conserve their water and prioritize the use of their water,” she said. “Down the road if the problem continues or worsens, we’ll have to look at other options similar to what were looked at in 2016. As the problem grows incrementally, then our response will probably have to do likewise.”
More pertaining to the drought
Saltwire meteorologist Cindy Day has provided rainfall stats for the region:
Normal June, July and August rainfall totals for Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne range from 250 mm to 280 mm.
June + July + August 2018 to date:
Yarmouth: 84 mm
Digby: 189 mm
Shelburne: 232 mm
Yarmouth only received a record 43 mm of rain in July. Normal rainfall for July is 88 mm