STELLARTON – A water boil order in Stellarton has come to an end as was expected for today (Friday).
Town engineer Tony Addis said during a water advisory meeting Wednesday that the new water membranes have been installed and working well, but more tests will need to be done before the system is entirely up and running.
Addis said clarifying testing still need to be done in order to determine which coagulant is best for the system and will provide quality water to the residents of Stellarton.
These tests have no impact on the boil order.
He expects this testing to last about three months and it won’t begin until a new water treatment plant operator is hired by the town in New Year.
“We don’t intend to start testing until we have a full-time employee,” he said. “The new full-time operator at the plant will take it right through. It’s his baby to get it up and running.”
The town first went on a boil order on Oct. 21. It was removed on Nov. 3, but reinstated a few days after the cleaning of the membranes failed to increase the amount of water being produced and resulted in the town staff having to bypass part of the treatment process.
It cost the Town of Stellarton $120,000 to replace the membranes, with the new ones expected to last 10 years, although the recently replaced set only lasted five years.