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Deliberate breach at Hoop and Holler no longer required
Bruce Owen, Winnipeg Free Press July 18, 2014
The province has completely ruled out making a deliberate breach of the Assiniboine River at the Hoop and Holler Bend.
FLOOD WATERS AND ALGAE GROWTH
Province rules out breaching Assiniboine River; flows now receding
Winnipeg Free Press July 17, 2014
Flood protection put up at homes south of Hoop and Holler Bend will be taken down over the week.
Agrologists to discuss water footprint in P.E.I.
Ryan Ross, The Guardian July 17, 2014
With the recent debate and attention on the subject of irrigation for the P.E.I. potato industry, the P.E.I. Institute of Agrologists chose Sustainable Water Footprint as the theme for their Atlantic Agrology Workshop.
The workshop will take place July 20 to 22 at the Stanley Bridge Resort. While the workshop is a professional development type of event for its members, any interested members of the public are invited to register and attend.
The purpose of the workshop is to provide educational and informative presentations around the subject of water and agricultural uses of water, including irrigation. Following the educational presentations, a two-hour panel discussion with questions and answers will close the event.
The presentations will provide information on groundwater, affect of nutrient losses on groundwater, the impacts of groundwater extraction, responsible fertilizer use, weather and climate, plant breeding for reduced inputs, irrigation (management, technology, issues and regulations), water quality management, and economic and future insights on agriculture.
The conference has limited seating and there are one-day passes available. Registrations will be taken up to the day of the event subject to available seating.
Residents following town’s request to conserve water
Diane Crocker, The Telegram July 17, 2014
Yvonne Brown has noticed a change in water pressure from time to time at her Goose Arm Road home in Deer Lake.
“It’s not like it used to be, for sure,” she said.
With the rivers and brooks seeming to have lots of water, Brown said, “I’ve wondered why it was down.”
The town says the pressure is down due to high usage levels. A common problem in the summer months when people tend to be a bit more free with water, watering their lawns and washing their vehicles.
It’s because of the impact on the water pressure in parts of the town, including Goose Arm Road, that the town has implemented some water conservation measures.
Brown thinks it’s a good idea to have those measures in place. She knows that people can water their lawns and gardens at certain times, but she’s even been refraining from doing so and reusing some household water for that purpose.
She said the low pressure hasn’t affected her much when it comes to cooking and washing.
“But if I had a big family, it might.”
Audrey Bennett has also noticed a change in her water pressure.
“We seem to have low water pressure the majority of the time,” she said.
Bennett wonders if development in the town could also be affecting the situation.
“Maybe the lines can’t keep up with what’s required,” she said.
Her home is on a corner of Goose Arm Road, so she said she hasn’t been impacted much by the drop in water pressure.
“I think further in the road they’re having problems,” she said, adding she also supports the conservation measures.
“I think the majority of people (do). I hardly ever see anybody watering their lawn anymore.
“I figure when the rain comes, we’ll get enough.”
Clarenville council advises public to conserve water
The Telegram July 17, 2014
Says to turn off lawn sprinklers and postpone car washing
At the July 15 Clarenville council meeting, Chief Administrative Officer Bob Hiscock said preventative measures must be taken to preserve the town’s water supply.
“Normally, overnight, our tank fills to 100 percent of its capacity, which is 1.215 million gallons,” he said. “As of lunchtime (Tuesday) it was at 84 percent. We calculated that we’re probably losing one percent an hour. Now we can make that up to some point after nightfall when people go to bed and the pumps get a chance to gradually catch up.”
In a statement issued by Coun. Bill Bailey and the Clarenville town council, the public works committee has determined that the problem is caused by extensive use of garden hoses for watering lawns and washing vehicles.
It is essential to maintain sufficient water levels for daily use in addition to the event of an emergency such as having to fight a fire in Clarenville.
“It is a potentially very serious problem,” said Hiscock. “Not only does that tank provide us with water pressure and water for the community but it allows us to fight fires. Once the tank goes below 65 percent, for example, the computers will kick that plant in automatically to start to fill the tank again and this is what we’ve been doing manually for the last several days, trying to stay ahead of it, mainly for firefighting services and so on.”
The town of Clarenville requests residents to refrain immediately from using unnecessary water by not watering lawns or washing vehicles.
Any other voluntary water conservation measures are greatly appreciated.
If the town is unable to maintain sufficient water levels by Friday, July 18, a mandatory water restriction will be issued.
The town of Clarenville thanks all residents for their cooperation on this matter.
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