New Bulk Water Station Underway

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The Town of Yarmouth Water Utility has embarked on building a modern and centrally located facility

Friday, July 17th, 2020 - Yarmouth, N.S. – At a recent Town of Yarmouth Water Utility meeting, the Utility voted unanimously in favour of constructing a new bulk water station. The new facility will be centrally located, providing easy access to potable water for all residents of Yarmouth County. Work is underway and should be complete by the end of September.

The new bulk water station will be located at the corner of Forest Street and Industry Avenue, next to the industrial park. The land, which is already being prepared by R & D Harris Excavating, will allow adequate space for trucks to move in and out with safety and ease. The location will house a state-of-the-art, self-contained dispensary designed by Flowpoint Environmental Systems, a manufacturer of “intelligent” bulk water dispensing stations.

The new system will no longer require customers to purchase tokens at town hall. Instead, users will be able to simply pay by credit card or Interact Flash (tap). It will also feature two types of discharging mechanisms. One is designed to quickly dispense large volumes for customers with tanker vehicles and large containers, while another small tap will supply people filling smaller containers for home use.

Town of Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood is excited about the new station, and feels it demonstrates the Town’s continued commitment to providing water for county residents in times of need.

“While our focus is providing water to our connected customers, we’re also happy to provide access to water for residents of the Municipalities of Yarmouth and Argyle when they need it. Providing this service is the right thing to do and it’s all part of thinking regionally – as one unit working together. This new water station is a positive step forward that serves for the betterment of the entire county.”

The station is being financed by the Water Utility and the budget for the project is $150,000. The new bulk water station replaces the token-operated system in Brenton that was used for many years. While that facility was not opened this season due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, Water Utility staff made a permanent closure recommendation based on a variety of issues with the facility and location. The issues range from parking and traffic safety, to little room for expansion, to the lack of proper controls to ensure the safe use of the Town of Yarmouth’s public water supply.

Until the new bulk water station is up and running, bulk water is available at Mariners Centre. For more information, please contact Yarmouth County Regional Emergency Management Office at 902-648-2314.

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Above: example station similar to the unit being built in Yarmouth.