Government of Canada Supports Improvements to Pictou’s Water Treatment and Distribution System
July 23, 2015 – Town of Pictou, Nova Scotia – Infrastructure Canada
Project made possible thanks to New Building Canada Plan <more>
Mayor Joseph Hawes, Town of Pictou - Remarks <more
(L to R): Mayor Joe Hawes; MLA for Pictou West Karla MacFarlane; Public Works staff Stephen Bowen, Sean Knowles, Jim Chisholm, Raymond MacPhail and Rob MacDonald; MLA for Victoria-The Lakes Pam Eyking; Public Works staff Kevin Crews; Minister Peter MacKay; MLA for Pictou Center Pat Dunn
(L to R):Councillors Bob Naylor, Lynn Vigneault and Cam Beaton; Deputy Mayor Alta Munroe; Mayor Joe Hawes; MLA for Victoria-The Lakes Pam Eyking; Minister Peter MacKay
Town Drinking Water Improvements - 2nd Release - May 2013 - <more>
Drinking Water Improvements - First Release -<more>
Water Utility Upgrades
The Town of Pictou is conducting wellhead upgrades starting April 23 for a period of 15 weeks. Over the first four weeks there may be disturbances to the system including low pressure and/or discoloration.
The upgrades are necessary to ensure the Town is in compliance with safe drinking water regulations and include the installation of:
· Flow Meters;
· Chlorine Injectors;
· Pressure Sensors;
· New Monitoring Equipment (conductivity, turbidity, temperature);
· UV Lights;
· Ground Water Level Sensors; and
· Disinfection Contact Pipe.
Additionally, the upgrades will enable real time computer trending to show well performance and allow better control of system conditions.
These upgrades will not eliminate discoloration events but are required prior the design and installation of a treatment plant.
The Town of Pictou would like to thank all residents and business for their cooperation and understanding.
Where does your water come from?
The majority of public water systems in Nova Scotia are supplied by surface water sources, e.g., lakes. Our system, however, relies on well (ground) water. The wells in the Pictou system are located in two adjacent areas - the Pictou and Caribou well fields.
One significant difference between our water system in comparison with surface water systems is that we directly live, recreate and transport goods over our drinking water. In other words our daily activities can have a direct impact on the quality of our drinking water.
Please explore the links below to learn more about Pictou's water system:
Information on Pictou Water Utility for review or download pdf
Water Sampling Program - June 2013 <more>
Well Field Map - view / download pdf
Source Water Protection Plan - view / download pdf
Rates and Charges - continue reading
Rules and Regulations - continue reading
Contact Information - continue reading
For more information on Nova Scotia's drinking water strategy and regulations please visit the Nova Scotia Environment Website.
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