Municipality maneuvers to help residents with drying wells

by Kevin Mcbain

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Last week saw the Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) opening the doors at Queens Place Emera Centre to make its washroom and shower facilities available for people whose wells have been drying up due to the lack of rain.

Noting that it's been a couple of months since any significant rain has fallen, RQM Mayor David Dagley said he was pleased that the option is there for those in need.

"Once we get a number of residents in this kind of situation, then we are able to make all efforts to open up our facilities to help them out," said the mayor.

Dagley noted that several residents have been washing their clothes at the local laundromat just to save water.

Brian Hatt, the coordinator for the Region of Queens Emergency Management Office (EMO), indicated he has been getting two-or-three calls a day from concerned residents.

He maintained that it has not been this dry since 2016, and predicted it would take several days of steady rain to sufficiently raise the water level.

Hatt explained that the municipality is continuing to look for other facilities around the county for residents to use if the drought continues, and said the COVID-19 health regulations have made it more challenging to accommodate them.

The shower and washroom facilities at Queens Place Emera Centre will be available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., and, starting September 13, Sundays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. as well.

To reserve a time, residents are asked to call 902-354-4422. Drinking water is available for free at the town well on an ongoing basis.

Washroom and shower facilities are also available at the Thomas H. Raddall Provincial Park. The comfort station is open to residents between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. daily. The number to book a time there is 902-683-2664. Facilities are closed to campers during this time.

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