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Bowater spill taints water


September 12, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A chemical spill at Bowater’s mill in Dalhousie, NB is preventing town residents from using their tap water.

A chemical spill at Bowater’s mill in Dalhousie, NB is preventing town residents from using their tap water.

According to a story by Canadian Press, a total of 75 kilograms of chemically treated wood fibre poured into the water near Dalhousie’s treatment plant on September 4, blocking the city’s filters.

The report confirmed that the town’s 8,000 inhabitants were told not to use the water for any reason, even to bathe or launder their clothes.

CP reported Dr. Todd Arseneault, senior drinking water specialist with the provincial environmental department as saying, “there’s also going to be some review of what caused the situation, and we’re having an analysis from an engineering standpoint of what led to it, and ensuring it doesn’t happen again,” he said.

“Even a clean result doesn’t necessarily mean that the order is lifted. There could be other factors that might still pose a risk,” he added.


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