Port Dover residents again are being asked to be mindful of their water usage following another unscheduled repair at the town’s treatment plant on Nelson Street West.
As was the case in early August, the issue this week is a malfunctioning filtration unit. Norfolk County asks Port Dover ratepayers to reduce their consumption until further notice.
“The damaged unit – which underwent repairs earlier this year – has been taken offline,” the county said Nov. 28 in a news release.
“There is no impact on water safety or quality.”
Reduced usage, the release says, is required to “ensure adequate water supply for fire protection purposes, as well as to maintain appropriate water pressure across the system.”
The news release adds that bulk water sales at the tower on Hamilton Plank Road are also suspended till further notice. However – 90 minutes after the release was issued — haulers were still filling their trucks.
Les Van Paemel of VP’s Water Service was in the middle of a fill-up when he was informed of the latest moratorium.
Van Paemel said this was the first he had heard of it, adding the county normally posts depots with signage when restrictions are in place.
“I guess they’re a little slow in notifying us,” he said.
About a half-dozen water haulers serve the Norfolk area. They primarily deliver to homes with cisterns. They also do a lot of business in spring and summer when residents fill their swimming pools. They occasionally top up private wells that run low during dry weather.
Van Paemel said the temporary closure of a depot isn’t a big problem.
With the Port Dover station out of commission, Van Paemel said haulers will serve clients in this part of Norfolk from bulk depots in Simcoe and Jarvis. Van Paemel added the economics of water hauling make less sense the farther he has to travel from a filling station to a customer.
The filtration unit that malfunctioned this summer was shut down in mid-July. The unit was back in service near the end of August.
Norfolk County was asked whether the latest shutdown has anything to do with the Nov. 27 wind storm.
The intake pipe for the Nelson Street West facility extends into Long Point Bay. Last Wednesday’s storm would have churned up the lake bed, potentially increasing silt- and particulate-loading of the water entering the plant.
However, Matt Terry, spokesperson for the county, says the Nov. 27 weather was not a factor.