Pesticide use near Charlottetown well concerns councillors
New city water supply in same watershed as recent fish kill
The recent fish kill in the North River, which runs alongside Charlottetown, has some city councillors concerned about how pesticides might affect city water in the future.
The investigation of the North River fish kill is in its early stages and pesticides have not been implicated, but a provincial official did say agricultural pesticides are usually connected to sudden, massive fish kills in rivers.
More than 1,000 dead fish were pulled from North River over the weekend, and Charlottetown's new well field being built in Miltonvale connects to the North River.
Charlottetown Coun. Eddie Rice, chair of the city's water and sewer committee, said the province has assured him if pesticides were the cause of the fish kill, it's unlikely the water in the city's well field would be affected. But Rice said he's still concerned because all of the city's wells are near agricultural land.
"[I] personally would like to feel that we're living in a safe environment and our children are living in safe environment," he said.
"I think that's the concern of whether you're the premier of Prince Edward Island or whether you're the councillor representing ward 1, so it's a mutual interest and a mutual concern."
Rice said the new well at Miltonvale will be monitored once it's operating.
The province monitors pesticide levels in about a 100 wells across P.E.I. Officials said although there are trace amounts of pesticides in some of the wells, none are at the "danger level."
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