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Update on Discoloured water in Verner

PUBLIC NOTICE – August 7, 2019

A special meeting of the Council was held on August 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the matter of discolouration in the Municipal Water System in Verner. During the meeting, Council and staff discussed the situation carefully and options were raised to provide immediate assistance to the affected residents. Council and the Municipality will be actively looking at long-term measures to rectify the situation permanently.

Effective at noon today (August 7) the water fill station located at the Verner arena will be closed until further notice. The dumping station will remain accessible to the public; however, water will not be available.

Cases of bottled water will be available today at the Verner Fire Hall until 7 p.m. and again tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The set limit of 2 cases per household has been increased to 4 cases for the week. Households that received 2 cases this week will have access to another 2, for a total of 4 cases. Note that those who have already received 4 cases this week have reached their limit for that time being. Additionally, a Clean Water Truck will be available at the Verner Fire Hall tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., to provide residents with a service to dispense water into personal water jugs/containers.

We understand that water discolouration has been an ongoing issue and that it has caused inconveniences for residents. A credit of $20.00 will be applied to the water bills of affected residents, to account for any incidentals such as laundry fees, or others that may have been incurred.

Note that the actions described above are in light of Council’s request to assist the affected residents as a show of goodwill and should not be interpreted as an acknowledgement of liability. We appreciate your patience as we work on finding a permanent solution. We will update residents as new information becomes available or the status of the water supply changes.