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Flower’s Cove on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland is one of only two places in the world with a very special attraction – thrombolites – 650 million year old structures created when microbes in the ancient Iapetus Ocean photosynthesized their food.

The town’s population of 308 sources its water from French Island Pond. In a routine water sampling on October 11, 2019, a boil water advisory was issued. The second sampling on October 16, 2019, kept the bwa active “due to total coliforms detected and confirmed in a repeat sample,” according to Newfoundland and Labrador Water Resources. Guidelines for the bacteriological quality of drinking water notes that “the maximum acceptable concentration for the bacteria quality is no coliforms detectable per 100mL.”

According to Sandra Way who is the town office clerk, “coliforms were found in a few of the taps. The decision was made to put the whole town on an advisory.”

WaterToday also spoke with Myrna Quinlan who was just getting ready for the dinner crowd at L & E Restaurant. “It doesn’t really bother us. We use bottled water. This happens on and off.” Apparently it is not an issue at home either, “We just use bottled water.”

The water is scheduled to be tested again in a week’s time.


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