ANTIGONISH: The town is working to meet provincial water regulations.

The Town of Antigonish, with the support of the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, continues to implement its Backflow Prevention Program to meet requirements of the Department of Environment for establishing a cross-connection control program.

“We’re getting involved because we were mandated by the Department of Environment,” said Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher. “We had to apply for a permit to operate for our water utility. We were awarded that permit but within that permit was the condition that we had to implement this.”

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A release from the town stated staff identified approximately 70 institutions, businesses and properties where there is a possible high risk of contamination if backflow occurs, due to sprinkler systems. The town also identified seven of its own buildings, which have since been refitted to fulfill the new program standards. The release also noted, under the program, customers assume responsibility for the cost of installing and testing backflow prevention devices as part of the program and annual testing is required.