Alma is facing severe water shortage, advisory to boil water IG News

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The acute shortage of water in Alma village has advised to boil water.

In a news release, Mayor Andrew Case said water reserves are at critically low levels, and the village at the edge of Fundy National Park is using its backup well.

Recommended boiling water for one minute before consumption – including water used for juice mixing, dental hygiene, washing vegetables, making ice or any other activity requiring human consumption.

As per the advice, baby formula should be mixed with bottled water and young babies should be bathed with a sponge to avoid drinking the water.

A statement from Alma Mayor Andrew Casey was released on his website and Facebook on August 4. (Village Alma/Facebook)

“Alma water users – please take every precaution to limit water use,” the village said in a Facebook post. “We cannot meet the demand and the rate at which water is being used.”

Alma business owner Jane Chrysostom said the village has a 10-year history of water shortages in the summer, but this year it is different because residents have rarely heard of restricted water use.

“I think the big concern right now is that we have this sequence of boiling water for years and years and years, so most people are prepared for that and can deal with it. But the panic comes from the lack of water.”

Boiling water is recommended every year in Alma, but residents say this year’s water conservation notices are worrisome. (Village of Alma/Facebook)

He said this usually happens when tourists come to the village and Alma’s infrastructure cannot support the influx.

In 2019, three levels of government funded the first phase of improved water systems.

The federal government contributed more than $250,000 to research and planning for a new municipal well in the village.

The province of New Brunswick contributed $139,000 and the village $28,000.

“I’m amazed at how long this is taking,” Chrysostom said.

He has an artisan shop and a bookstore in his alma.

“As an artist, you know, you end up using a lot of water in your studio. So I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t be affected by it.”

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