New Brunswick

Flooding forces Doaktown residents to endure weeks of boil water order

Many residents and business owners in Doaktown have spent most of the last four weeks boiling their water, thanks to 'unfavourable weather conditions.'

Residents and businesses have been under a boil order for the last four weeks this spring

Residents and businesses have been under a boil order for several weeks due to high water levels. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

Residents and business owners in Doaktown have spent most of the last four weeks watching their water, thanks to an ongoing boil order.

The village has been under the order since April 12, with the exception of a break from April 25 to May 1.

"It's a little bit of an issue, but sort of can't be helped," said Doreen Parker, owner of Parker's Country Diner and Takeout. "We have to boil all our water that we use here for it to be safe for people. We don't want anybody to get sick."

"Unfavourable weather conditions" have caused "high turbidity," according to advisories distributed by the village on April 21 and again on May 1.

Turbidity refers to the cloudiness of water, caused by an increase in the number of particles that would normally be invisible to the naked eye, and is considered an important indicator of water quality.

Precautionary steps

The advisories state that drinking water, preparing infant formulas and juices, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking or dental hygiene, must be held at a rolling boil for one minute.

Taking the proper cooking precautions leads to delays, and Parker says her business has to sell bottled water to customers instead of handing it out as usual. 

"We opened on May 1, and we've had to boil water every day since," said Parker, whose business is seasonal. "And it's probably because the water came up a bit higher than it usually does this year." 

Sections of Doaktown's street had been flooded earlier in the week, but the waters have since receded. 

The order impacts those "between 84 Main St., and 430 Main St., and all side streets west of the Doaktown Bridge, with the exception of Miramichi Street," for those on the municipal water supply. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shane Fowler

Reporter

Shane Fowler has been a CBC journalist based in Fredericton since 2013.

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