Council concerned about possible water line break

Eric McCarthy
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TIGNISH -- Tignish Council wants owners to check their summer homes and other currently unoccupied properties in the community for possible water line breaks.

The electricity bill for the community’s water system more than doubled in December and last week a spike in water flow and electrical consumption was detected again.

Maintenance foreman Mike Gavin said he has checked with water system professionals who concur with his belief that there must be a break in the system someplace. There have been no leaks reported and no visible signs of water pooling anywhere, though.

Councilor Judy Morrissey-Richard said there have been occasions this winter when the water from the taps at her business sputter as if air-locked. She wondered whether that is a sign of a problem in the line.

Council chair Allan McInnis said for the electrical bill to more than double there would have to be a flow of water escaping from the system greater than what would flow from a garden hose running around the clock.

Gavin was instructed to recheck the equipment at the pumping station and do whatever needs to be done to pinpoint the problem. “We want to do our due diligence,” McInnis said.  

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