This photo from the online post from a Bashaw resident appears to show tap water that has a yellow-ish tinge, drawing many comments on the quality of the water the town receives through the regional water line. Image: Facebook

Bashaw addresses water quality concerns

Residents urged to contact town with any issues

Town officials would like residents to contact them with any concerns about water quality.

That was the end result after CAO Theresa Fuller stated that the town was unaware of any concerns until they were contacted by the Bashaw Star on Jan. 7.

A social media post by a Bashaw resident on Jan. 3 showing a glass filled with what seems to be cloudy water prompted several comments — some questioning the quality since the town switched from its well water nearly two years ago and others stating they have never had any issues.

”Truthfully I wasn’t aware of it,” Fuller said.

“Moving forward, we will be tracking the concerns and their respective locations to ensure continued consistent water quality.”

She has spoken with public works foreman Murray Holroyd about the situation and a response to the post was put online outlining checks homeowners should make as well as how the town can assist those wanting their water checked.

“We recommend residents with concerns check and possibly flush their hot water tanks. Often, aging water tanks will contribute solids to your water. Check the piping within your home as older homes have lead and other versions of piping that contribute to water quality and clarity,” Fuller said.

“Also, anyone wanting to be a test site can provide their contact information and availability and we would be happy to test at their location.”

The response — which can be found in the post on the Bashaw Community Events Facebook page — also included tips on how to maintain a water heater as well as perform other general maintenance that may help.

Currently, the town conducts weekly sampling as required by Alberta Environment, but also collects samples to be tested for lead.

However, it should be noted that lead pipes on a homeowner’s property are their responsibility.

Residents wishing to be put on the list of homes willing to have staff come and take water samples are requested to contact the town.

That said, Fuller explained there is an option for people to perform their own water tests, using either kits that can be picked up at the town office or from another source.

“Residents can drop off tests themselves or return them to the town office by 10:30 a.m. on Mondays so it can be delivered by the town,” she said.

“Please feel free to contact us during office hours if there are any further questions or concerns.”

Residents can call 780-372-3911 or send an email to admin@townofbashaw.com.

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Pictured is a partial shot of the response by the town to the post regarding the water quality. Image: Facebook

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