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Ongoing initiatives offered by Municipality of Yarmouth to help residents deal with drought conditions

A lack of rain this summer is causing problems for some people when it comes to water in their wells.
A lack of rain this summer is causing problems for some people when it comes to water in their wells. - Contributed

YARMOUTH, NS – The following is a list on ongoing initiatives the Municipality of Yarmouth has in place to help people impacted by the drought conditions this summer.

Data on Environment Canada's website shows that Yarmouth received 31.6 mm of rain during the months of July and August this year compared to 189.6 mm in July and August in 2017.

According to Environment Canada, after today (Sept. 11) there is no rain forecasted in southwestern Nova Scotia the rest of the week.

The following initiatives are currently in place:

• Mariners Centre is offering their showers to anyone who may wish to use them. They are open 7 days a week and most evenings. Please bring your own towel/soap. Their hours are posted on their facebook page in regular intervals. Check their facebook page for an updated schedule.

• Municipality of Yarmouth residents can acquire, when available, free of charge, water tokens (1 per civic number/week) for residential use only . These tokens are available at the Town of Yarmouth office, 400 Main Street, for 250 litre water fills ups at the Lake George Road Water Tower. To keep tokens in circulation, you are encouraged to use the tokens as soon as possible. MODY residents will be required to provide their name/civic address/phone number and current water status (do you have water in your well and if yes how much).

• Mariners Centre is offering to fill large containers at their Zamboni fill station at rear of complex. Bring your container and arena staff will be happy to assist you.

• If you are out of water or experiencing a water shortage the municipality wants to hear from you. This information will be used to request assistance from the province. Contact the Municipality of Yarmouth 902-742-7159 and provide information on your current water status.

• The Municipality of Yarmouth currently has a Water Supply Upgrade Lending Program By-Law which was adopted to provide provisions for owners of qualifying properties located within the Municipality of Yarmouth to apply for financing of a water supply upgrade to their property. The by-law and registration form can be found by clicking here.

READ ALSO: DUG WELL LEVELS CONCERNING MANY YARMOUTH COUNTY RESIDENTS

• Non-potable water will be available at th’YARC located at the former Arcadia School from 8 am – 9 pm 7day/week.

• Water haulers/laundromats:

Paul’s Water Service Limited – 902-762-2785

K.D. Wash and Dry Laundry – 902-742- 0468

Rose’s Wash & Go – 902- 742-3286

Milton Coin Laundry – 902-742-0000

• Residents are encouraged to practice water conservation measures. For more tips on water conservation visit the Nova Scotia Department of Environment https://novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/WaterConservation.pdf

The ‘Weymouth spring’ located in front of the former Jones Bottling Company in Weymouth is always open to the public and at no cost.

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