Discoloured Water in Verner – Update
Friday, August 24, 2018
The Verner residents have been experiencing discolouration in the municipal water supply due to higher levels of manganese in the Veuve River. Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in the environment from natural sources and is widely distributed in air, water, and soil. Despite the unappealing colour, sometimes accompanied by an undesired taste and smell, the water is bacteriologically safe.
The Verner Water Treatment Plant typically treats and removes higher levels of manganese in the water; however, due to the occurrence of warm and dry conditions, the manganese levels have been unusually high this year, proving difficult to treat.
The Municipality is monitoring the situation with care, while working diligently with the Ontario Clean Water Agency, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, and The Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, to find a solution.We recognize that water discolouration has been an ongoing issue and that it has caused concerns amongst residents, understandably so. We apologize for the inconveniences it has caused.
Unfortunately, with warm and dry conditions persisting in the forecast, residents may continue to experience discoloration until conditions change. The health and safety of residents is our priority and we will continue to work diligently with our partners to continue to ensure the safe production and distribution of water to Verner residents.
The Municipality will update residents as new information becomes available, or the status of the water supply changes. We appreciate your patience as we actively work towards finding a solution.