Pelee Island could soon lift 13-year boil-water advisory
A 13-year-old boil-water advisory on Pelee Island could soon be a thing of the past.
The problem has been created by inefficient water intake and storage capacity.
However, Thursday the Ontario government announced it will give Pelee Township nearly $2 million to help pay for water storage and water filtration.
Pelee Island Mayor Rick Masse said the boil water advisory is bad for business and praised the government funding.
"I think it's going to be a great relief because it's a scary message when the first thing you hear when you come to visit our community is that the municipal system is under a boil-water advisory," Masse said. "I think it's not only going to help in the operations of the system but also allow tourists to have some confidence in the drinking water."
Pelee Township will kick in an additional $200,000 for the project. Masse expects the project to begin next spring.
"It's been a very long challenge trying to maintain a system that's been under a boil water advisory for 13 years and hopefully the funding is going to solve those issues so that the water advisory can be lifted which will relieve a big cloud over the community's head," Masse said.