After almost a week of strict water restrictions, the community of Meath Park got the 'all-clear' on their water late Monday afternoon.
The water needed to be tested daily for possible contamination following a break-in at their treatment plant and the theft of a water pump early last week.
“Our water advisory has been lifted," a relieved Mayor Michael Hydamacka told paNOW. "All the samples came back good and there were no issues found.”
Since the break-in, Hydamacka said they’ve installed new lighting, locks, and cameras at the facility and he was confident a similar security breach would not occur again. Given the inconvenience of losing the use of the supply, Hydamacka recommended other rural municipalities made the same security upgrades before running into their own issues. The reservoirs had to be emptied and the entire system had to be flushed, but the mayor said the process was not an overly-expensive one for the local taxpayers.
“It wasn’t too costly," he said. "We’re still figuring out what the costs are going to be, but I’m sure we’ll make an insurance claim for the equipment we’re missing.”
Residents were able to use the water for bathing and washing clothes by late last week, but human consumption was still off limits until the green light was given Monday. That announcement came as a relief to residents and businesses like the Station Grill restaurant.
“It was challenging,” owner Lisa Schmidt told paNOW. “We had to bring in jugs of water and disposable plates and cutlery, but now I can use the regular coffee machine again instead of bringing my coffee pots from home."
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