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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Desire For Water System For Brockton's Inland Lakes

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Hanover may be solution to a drinking water supply for Lake Rosalind and Marl Lake.

There is a growing desire among residents of Brockton’s two inland lakes of Lake Rosalind and Marl Lake for a municipal run water system for all lake residents.

Currently only those on Road # 4 are on a municipal water system.

Hanover may be the solution to a drinking water supply issue for Lake Rosalind and Marl Lake residents.

Currently less than half of the homes on the lake are on a small Brockton municipal run system that Mayor Chris Peabody says is at capacity. (62 residents on municipal system that live along Lake Rosalind Road number 4)

This means there is no room for future connections on to this small municipally run water system.

While the small water system meets and exceeds Provincial standards in water quality, it is a much different story for lake residents that draw their water directly from the lake for household use.

Past engineering studies have identified both biological and chemical threats in the lake water, citing the only absolute ways to mitigate these threats are with a secure and consistent fresh water supply, raw or treated.

A 2004 B.M. Ross engineer report notes that “the Lake may be showing signs of increasing levels of nitrates, chlorides and phosphates, which are indicators, potentially, of faulty or failing localized septic systems.” 

The engineers provided six alternative solutions:
-upgrading the existing Well field and treatment facility,
-construct a new well supply
-construct a lake based water treatment plant
-construct a transmission main from the nearby Hanover water supply 
-construct a transmission main from Walkerton to the water supply system
-do nothing.

The number one preferred solution is purchasing water from Hanover through the construction of a transmission main from the lakes to the nearby Hanover well system located near the Saugeen Municipal Airport.  (close by)

In 2003 Brockton approached Hanover about such a concept and it was turned down, at the time however Hanover had its own system upgrades to take on.

Now that time has passed and Hanover has upgraded its system, Brockton hopes Hanover may have a change of heart in the spirit of cooperation and partnership.

Without Hanover’s help, Brockton would likely have to conduct a feasibility study which is estimated to cost about 75 thousand dollars to determine how to tackle best this challenge.

Peabody will reach out directly to Hanover Mayor Sue Paterson to inquire if purchasing water from Hanover for lake residents is something Hanover would consider?

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