“Perfect storm” leads to water issues

by Vance Gutzman

“A perfect storm” has led to a number of discoloured water issues in Deep River, and there’s no quick fix to remedy the problem.

That was the message handed down last week when the town’s planning and public works committee met to hear a deputation from concerned resident Amanda Walker.

The committee also heard from town staff and representatives from the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), which manages the municipality’s municipality’s drinking water and wastewater treatment systems.

Walker said she’s been experiencing discolouration in the water of her Thomson Crescent home since she moved in last June.

Since that time, she’s had to replace her relatively new hot water tank and the yellow water (a sample of which she brought to meeting in a mason jar) has left stains in her bathtub.

“I don’t feel comfortable drinking it,” Walker said, mother of a two-year-old boy. “And I don’t think it’s normal to have to bathe in that kind of water.”

For the amount of money she’s paying the town in water and sewer bills, Walker asked why the municipality couldn’t at least step up to the plate and provide bottled water as a stop-gap measure.

“I don’t make a lot of money,” she said. “I can’t afford to be fixing my hot water tank, let alone buying bottled water.

“We’re all entitled to clean drinking water and shouldn’t have to deal with these problems.”

> for more on this story, pick up a copy of the November 29 North Renfrew Times…