Stellarton immersed in ways to improve water quality

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STELLARTON – The Town of Stellarton is off the boil and is looking ahead to fix and prevent other problems from happening again.

New membranes were installed in the town’s water treatment facility which services the town and part of the county and after getting approval from the Nova Scotia Department of Environment the boil order was lifted on Friday.

Now the town is working to address other water issues.

Town engineer Tony Addis said he has received a report from the Dalhousie research team that was investigating ways to reduce the high levels of THMs in membrane water treatment systems such as Stellarton’s. As a result the town is going to be switching the coagulant it uses in its treatment facility to polyaluminum chloride.

“I’m hoping that we will start using it at the beginning of February,” Addis said.

He said he still has to research availability and cost, but said he thought he’d be able to find a distributor within Canada easily.

The Dalhousie research team had tested several chemicals and found polyaluminum chloride was the best.

The town has also put out an ad for a water treatment manager who will be dedicated to managing the water treatment facility. 

Organizations: Nova Scotia Department of

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Stellarton Immigrant.
    December 02, 2013 - 22:16

    I raised concerns about the incompetence of the town to manage the water utility on Nov 5. On Nov 18 I called out Addis when calling the water supply an old car and saying the boil water was a blessing because it made his job easier (but made everyone’s life difficult). Now after months of research Dal has shown that polyaluminum chloride is the best coagulant for the system. In an August 12 ngnews article Addis said “I’ve got my doubts about alum being the answer, but meanwhile Dalhousie are researching the best coagulant for us, which is probably going to be polyaluminum chloride.” Ron Marks at the time wanted to try something. Mayor Gennoe wanted to sit back and do nothing. While waiting for the answer we already knew, we had to junk a $100,000 set of membrane filters. PURE INCOMPETANCE.