After a contractor unknowingly severed an intake line May 2, the Alexandria water plant had returned to normal operations 48 hours later.
The repair job involved a diver, municipal employees, and several contractors.
At around 9 a.m. May 2, the raw water intake pipe at Island Park was ruptured when a contractor sliced through a 14-inch pipe that brings water from Mill Pond to the treatment plant.
At no point was water quality compromised, the township stresses.
The water flow was lost to the plant, but thanks to improved storage conditions, and operational adjustments, service was not affected.
Earlier this morning, the main water intake for Alexandria was damaged and the water supply to Alexandria has been temporarily shut down. It is still safe for citizens to drink their water, which is currently being supplied by the Alexandria Water Tower.
"No boil water advisory has been issued at this time. It is still safe to consume the water, but we do ask that residents conserve water until repairs can be made," said Environmental Services Manager Dean MacDonald.
The Township of North Glengarry has enacted its Emergency Protocol Procedures and the Water Works Department is working to quickly rectify this matter. Emergency pumps have been ordered to help to restore water.
In order to correct the damage, crews will need to block the main intake pipe and to replace the damaged section of the water main.
In the event of a fire, the North Glengarry Fire Department will put an action plan in place to mitigate any hydrant use until this problem is rectified.
"The fire department is prepared for these types of situations. In the event of an emergency, we would follow the same action plans undertaken in rural areas. In the event of a fire, a water tanker shuttle service would be used. The fire department is also capable of pulling water directly from the Mill Pond," said Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Roy.
"We are asking that all residents in Alexandria take every effort to help us by reducing their water intake and conserving water as much as possible as we repair the damage to the pipe. Alexandria consumes an average of 2,000-cubic-metres of water each day. We are hoping to reduce this average to ensure that our 1,500 users can maintain their water service throughout the repair period," the township says.
The impact of this damage is restricted to Alexandria. Residents in Glen Robertson are not impacted, as they are on a separate system.
Thanks to the generosity of our community, the Canadian Cancer Society in SDG & Prescott Russell has raised over $35,000 in its April Daffodil Campaign.
“On any given day, more than 560 people will be diagnosed with cancer. That’s why we are always looking for new ways to prevent cancer, find it early and treat it more successfully. We know that fundraising enables change and we are grateful to our community for playing such a big part in advancing the cancer cause through their generosity," said Allison St-Jean, Community Fundraising Specialist.
Volunteers are gearing up for Relay For Life June 7 at the Maxville Fairgrounds. To sign up, visit www.relayforlife.ca/maxville or call 613-932-1283.
"We have this sword over our heads," Upper Canada District School Board chairman John McAllister says referring to a huge debt that has prompted the board to issue redundancy notices have been issued to about 100 teachers.
He reiterates that the notices do not necessarily mean all 100 will lose their jobs.
The board is faced with a $5.2 million transportation deficit and a $54 per student reduction in its grants that are based on enrolment.
Mr. McAllister also emphasized that “Our schools will be staffed in September and we will welcome students to a new year of learning.”
The Ontario Provincial Police is seeking the public's help in identifying a man whose body was found in the Ottawa River, off Division Road, in Wendover.
The man is 50 to 75 years of age, between 165 to 182 cm (5'3" to 5'9") in height and approximately 167 pounds. He had a small amount of grey/brown hair at the back and facial hair described as short (stubble or unshaven) grey bread. The man's teeth were well-cared for, with visible fillings.
Anyone who can assist in identifying this person is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s Board of Health has issued a Position Statement laying out its concerns about the Ford government’s aggressive plan to restructure public health, warning that it could have significant long and short-term impacts on the local community.
The government made the surprise announcement in the recently released 2019 provincial budget, outlining its plan to cut the number of public health units in Ontario from 35 local health units to 10 larger regional entities over the next two years. It has also announced plans to slash provincial funding of public health by $200 million, offloading a significant portion of public health funding from the province to municipalities. The cut in provincial funding is effective immediately despite the fact that municipalities were given no advance warning, and have already planned and started spending their budgets for the current year.
The province has provided few details about the restructuring, leaving the EOHU and municipalities uncertain about how the changes will be implemented. A major concern is that while municipalities will be expected to pay more, they could have less decision-making power when it comes to how public health programs are delivered locally. Moving governance of public health services from the eastern counties to a broader regional area could reduce the capacity to address the unique public health needs of the eastern counties (serving rural populations, higher rates of chronic diseases and poverty, reduced access to primary healthcare). In a larger regionalized model, public health’s ability to respond quickly to local emergencies and health threats – such as disease outbreaks or flood emergencies – may also be negatively affected.
“Having a local presence with close ties to community partners and residents has ensured that the health unit is well-positioned to respond to local needs,” states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. He adds that the EOHU provides a wide range of essential public health programs, including immunization clinics, infectious disease outbreak management (including the recent follow up of measles contacts), low-income dental clinics, well-baby programs for families who don’t have access to pediatricians or family physicians, water safety monitoring, inspections of local food premises and more. “We’re very concerned that moving to a larger regional model, combined with significant cuts to funding, could compromise the public health services that protect the health and safety of our region’s residents.”
Lanthier Bakery has received a $2 million repayable contribution from the federal government to expand its Baie d'Urfé plant, and modernize a new digital production line.
Founded in 1932, Lanthier Bakery is a family-owned business located in Alexandria.
In 1985, it set up a second production plant on the Island of Montréal, where it makes bread using traditional recipes. In 2016, in cooperation with its principal shareholder, France-based La Fournée Dorée, Lanthier Bakery developed a new range of brioche breads – a niche product – and now aims to specialize in this niche market, where demand continues to grow.
It will be much easier to be green after you attend Glengarry’s first Earth Day that will be held Saturday, April 27 from noon to 5 at the Sandfield Centre in Alexandria’s Island Park.
“It will be a fun, informative event about how each and every one of us can change our habits a little at a time to make a difference to our world,” says Deborah Waddell, who is heading the organizing committee.
Before the main event, everyone is invited to take part in a two-kilometre walk guided by the Friends of the Glengarry Trails Association at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., there will be guided tours of the Alexandria water plant.
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This week's edition (April 17) of The Glengarry News features coverage of the Raisin River Canoe Race. For a brief online story and access to complete results, follow this link.
Students from L'École secondaire catholique Le Relais and Glengarry District High School in Alexandria were among the thousands who staged demonstrations Wednesday in province-wide protests against the Ontario government's education cutbacks.
More than 100 Le Relais students and about 65 GDHS students walked out of classes for about an hour.