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Water Today Title July 28, 2021

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The Georgian Bay Lutheran Cluster known as LutheRanch is a non-profit charitable corporation. Our objectives are to provide members with facilities and programs which promote physical, mental, and spiritual enrichment for individuals and families.

A Boil Water Advisory was issued to the Georgian Bay Lutheran Cluster - known as LutheRanch - owing to the failure of the main well pump, which caused a system depressurization to occur on July 19 of this year. The BWA was in effect for a little more than a week, as the system limped along at 65 to 70% capacity, with no chlorination of the system until the pump was replaced.

WaterToday spoke with Public Health Inspector Svet Milanopulus from Grey Bruce Health District who confirmed that the LutheRanch water treatment system was back up and running effectively, meeting the standards for water quality, and that the Grey Bruce Health Region had since removed the water advisory.

Doug and Solange Trudel are the superintendent managers of the private campground, a registered charitable organization affiliated with the Lutheran Church. The property was once a working farm, nestled in the Blue Mountains and bordering Lake Robson. The camp’s 140 seasonal sites are booked year to year by long term faithful summer campers, and a handful of year round residences are served with the private water supply.

Solange Trudel spoke with WaterToday on her day off, explaining that the pair had accepted the position just this spring, and had no previous experience managing a water system. As part of the qualification for applications to the Park Superintendent position, the couple was required to pass the Small Water Systems Course offered online by Walkerton municipal office.

Mrs. Trudel explained that the work has been satisfying and simple due to the great support from the local trades. Smith’s Water Systems from Markdale came out on the Friday of the pump failure and made recommendations for the replacement, which was delivered and installed the following Monday. “Simon Smith was wonderful to deal with”, says Trudel.

The private well at LutheRanch was drilled to 230 feet depth, but water is struck at the 160-foot mark. The water supply is ample, and quality is reasonably good, apart from a bit of hardness.

Following protocols established by Ontario Ministry of Health, Trudel says part of the superintendent’s duties at the LutheRanch is to test the well daily for residual chlorine. An Operations Engineer in Owen Sound does a weekly water test, and a more intensive testing process is undertaken at monthly, and quarterly intervals.


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