Water troubles continue in Mulgrave

By Lois Ann Dort    

MULGRAVE – In 2010 the Town of Mulgrave decided to develop design plans for a new water treatment plant. Construction began shortly thereafter and was completed in 2013. Since then problems have plagued the plant resulting in a failure to bring the new system online.

The most recent issue is a matter of low water pressure. The source of water coming into the plant currently does not have enough pressure to run through the system. Council looked at the problem this past spring and revisited it at Monday night’s regular council meeting.

Two possible courses of action are being considered by council. The first is to purchase a pressure-boosting pump at an estimated cost of $60,000.

The second possibility is to lay a new water line into the plant. “That’s beyond our cost but that is something the new council will have to look at down the road...The easiest option is to put the pump in,” said Mulgrave Mayor Lorne MacDonald.

At Monday’s meeting it was agreed that the Town should seek a second opinion on the engineering options for the plant. The cost of securing a second opinion is being investigated by Mulgrave CAO Kevin Matheson.

When asked if there was any way the Town could hold the original engineering firm accountable for the numerous problems with the plant MacDonald said, “That is a question the lawyers will have to look at...We want to get the plant up and running and producing water...That is our priority.”