News in Brief

May 25, 2017: ESSO Station Robbery Under Investigation By Upper Ottawa Valley OPP

(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit is investigating an early morning robbery that took place on May 23, 2017 at the Esso gas station on Pembroke Street West in the City of Pembroke. The lone male suspect, who wore a bandana to cover his face, entered the gas station store at approximately 2am on May 23, 2017. He brandished an edged weapon and demanded cash from the clerk. The suspect then fled eastbound on foot after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described as:

• White male, approximately 6ft tall
• Wearing a grey hooded jacket with a plaid liner over a brown zip up jacket
• Wearing blue jeans, black boots and black gloves

Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to contact the Pembroke Detachment of the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-732-3332 or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


May 25, 2017: Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Wraps Up Canada Road Safety Week

(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recently took part in the annual Canada Road Safety Week which ran from May 16 to May 22, 2017. The 7 day campaign was a collaborative effort by Canadian Police Services targeting high risk driving behaviours that puts road users at risk. OPP officers paid specific attention to the "The Big 4" which, in terms of personal injury collision causation are impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving and lack of occupant restraint. Over the course of the 7 day campaign Upper Ottawa Valley OPP officers laid 184 speeding charges under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). In addition to the speeding charges 7 drivers were charged under the HTA racing legislation after being caught driving at speeds 50 km/h over the posted limit. Other charges laid under the HTA included 14 distracted driving charges and 11 charges for lack of seat belt use.


May 25, 2017: Helicopter Underslung Transportation to occur at Garrison Petawawa Training Ground on 26 May 2017

Garrison Petawawa, Ont. – The public should be advised that large loads slung under helicopters will be transported over select areas east and west of Highway 17 and over the intersection of Highway 17 and Paquette Road at the Garrison Petawawa Range and Training area from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on May 26, 2017.

The transport of helicopter underslung loads is being conducted jointly by 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and 2 Combat Engineer Regiment and is necessary to transport large demolition targets to the training area for higher levels of training.  The public may see helicopters flying relatively low with large pieces of steel slung underneath them; in addition, these helicopters will fly over Highway 17.  There should be no cause for alarm as fully trained Load Masters who specialize in helicopter transport operations have inspected the loads and have verified as safe to fly.


May 18, 2017: LEAF & YARD WASTE SPRING COLLECTION

Residents of the Town of Petawawa, City of Pembroke and Township of Laurentian Valley can soon place leaf and yard waste out for pick-up during the upcoming Spring Leaf & Yard Waste Collections.   Leaf and yard waste will only be collected on your regular collection day during the designated weeks of May 23rd and June 5th for Petawawa and Laurentian Valley residents and weeks of May 23rd and June 12th for residents in the City of Pembroke.  Please note collection day changes in Pembroke and Laurentian Valley due to the May 22nd holiday. 

Residents are reminded that:

• Leaf and yard waste includes leaves, branches, garden plants and hedge trimmings.

• Leaf and yard waste must be placed at the curb in reusable containers (lids off), cardboard boxes or paper leaf and yard waste bags.

• Leaf and Yard Waste in plastic bags will not be collected.

• Individual branches must be no more than 2 inch (5 cm) in diameter or 4 feet (1.2 m) in length.

• Bundled branches must be no more than 2 feet (0.6 m) in diameter.

• Individual bag/bundle/container must not exceed 50 lbs (23kgs).

• Extra leaf and yard waste is collected separately from other materials.

• Green carts ONLY collected on green cart collection days.

• When placing small, loose branches in your green cart, the lid must be closed. Carts that contain branches that prevent the lid from closing will not be collected.

• Do not place bundled branches in your green cart as it causes processing issues at the Ottawa Valley Recovery Centre.

“The collection schedule shows the designated collection days and the requirements for placing leaf and yard waste out for collection,” said Mark Behm, Public Works Manager, Township of Laurentian Valley.  “Review the requirements closely to make sure you are setting out material correctly.  Unacceptable material will not be collected.”

Once leaf and yard waste is collected, it is brought to the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre for composting.  Leaf and yard waste is composted separately from regular green cart material.  It is important that only acceptable materials are set-out for leaf and yard waste collection.  This ensures a quality compost is produced.    Leaf and yard waste compost is currently available for purchase at the Waste Recovery Centre while supplies last.
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Acceptable leaf and yard waste can also be dropped off at the Waste Recovery Centre free of charge.  Tipping fees do apply for larger branches/brush.  Additional information on the Municipal Waste Management programs is available at www.ovwrc.com.  


May 16, 2017: OPP WARN OF EMERGENCY / GRANDPARENT SCAM SURFACING IN AREA AGAIN

(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn the public that the emergency / grandparent scam has surfaced in the area again. On April 27, 2017 police received a fraud complaint after a local resident sent over $7000 to Gambia in West Africa after receiving an emergency email from someone posing as a friend requesting financial help.

In these cases the victim typically receives a frantic phone call or an emergency email from someone claiming to be a grandchild, friend or loved one. The scammer will explain they are involved in some sort of legal trouble, have been injured or are having trouble returning from a foreign country and need money right away. 

With the emergency/grandparent scam the scammer attempts to create a sense of urgency which may cause the victim to not verify the story. The scammer will often insist that the victim not tell anyone and to transfer the money that has been requested through a money transfer company. Also, many scammers want to trick you into providing your banking and personal information. In fact, the criminals will fraudulently use your personal information to steal your money.

If a scam artist contacts you or if you have been defrauded contact your local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC).  You can file a report with the CAFC by calling 1-888-495-8501 (Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm EST) or by using their online reporting tool at www.antifraudcentre.ca


May 9, 2017: Crimestoppers Crime of the Week

Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers and the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking for the publics' assistance in solving a theft and an act of mischief.

On April 23, 2017 police responded to a mischief and theft complaint at the St. John's Ambulance base on MacKay Street in the City of Pembroke. Sometime between the afternoon of April 22 and the morning of April 23, 2017 the driver's side window of a St. John's Ambulance vehicle was smashed out by a suspect or suspects. Once entry was gained a Motorola M120 radio was stolen from inside the vehicle. 

Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving this crime. If you have information on any criminal offence that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to $2,000.00. Call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at (613) 735-8477 or you can reach us at 1-800-222-8477. You could help solve a crime. All tips remain anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day.  Please visit us at our new website www.valleytips.ca.


April 25, 2017: Crimestoppers Crime of the Week

(RENFREW, ON) - Crime Stoppers and the Renfrew Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) need your help to solve a theft from a business in Arnprior.

On Wednesday March 22, 2017 at noon two women entered the Home Hardware in Arnprior. The two females were seen placing various items from the store into their baby carriage that did not have any infant inside. Three toilet seats, one bathroom fan, and one register cover were stolen. Prior to the exit, one of the females distracted the clerk while the other one made the exit. Both were seen entering a dark coloured newer SUV leaving the location.

The women are described as females approximately thirty years of age, Asian, 160 cm (5' 2") in height. They were wearing black winter jackets with fur around their hoods, black and white died hair tied in a bun at the back of their heads.

Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving this crime. If you have information on any criminal offence that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to $2,000.00. Call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 735-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477. You could help solve a crime. All tips remain anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. The telephones are answered 24 hours a day. Please visit the website www.valleytips.ca.


April 20, 2017: Temporary Location for Petawawa ServiceOntario Centre

On Wednesday, April 26, the ServiceOntario centre in Petawawa is temporarily moving to the existing Pembroke location.

The temporary location at 400 Pembroke Street East, Pembroke offers plenty of free parking and many accessible features – including an automatic door opener and barrier-free access.

It is located 20 km from the current 41 Festubert Boulevard, Bldg R102 location, which will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. ServiceOntario will reopen in Petawawa later this year.

The hours of operation at the Pembroke ServiceOntario centre are:

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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QUICK FACTS

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April 11, 2017: SEAT BELT-RELATED ROAD DEATHS LOWEST IN 20 YEARS BUT ONE LIFE LOST IS ONE TOO MANY

OPP to Conduct Seat Belt Campaign over Easter Long Weekend

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reporting a 20-year low and a steady decrease in seat belt-related deaths as they get set to conduct their Seat Belt Campaign over the Easter Long Weekend.

A total of 45 seat belt-related road fatalities occurred on OPP-patrolled roads in 2016, marking the lowest number on record in the last 20 years. Also notable over the 20-year period is the number dipping below the 50 mark for the first time in 2015 and 2016 (see data below).

The OPP attributes the downward trend, in part, to its Provincial Traffic Safety Program (PTSP). The PTSP is a proactive, high visibility approach to traffic safety enforcement and education that focuses on lack of seat belt use and other high-risk behaviours that account for the majority of OPP-investigated deaths on roads, waterways and trails.

Since its implementation in 2007, PTSP has contributed to significantly fewer traffic fatalities overall. While seat belt-related fatalities have proportionately decreased through the success of the PTSP, unbuckled vehicle occupants continue to lose their lives, keeping seat belt education and enforcement a traffic safety priority for the OPP.

QUOTES

"The evidence that supports the effectiveness of seat belt use remains irrefutable. The odds of surviving or avoiding serious injuries in a collision are stacked against those who are not restrained in their seat. In exchange for the few seconds it takes to buckle up, you can cross this risk off the checklist of things that threaten your life on the road." - OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety & Operational Support.

"It only takes a moment to buckle up and it can save your life, or the life of your loved one. I commend the OPP for undertaking Seat Belt Campaigns. They are an important reminder that helps keep our roads safe. Please help prevent unnecessary tragedy by making sure everyone in a vehicle with you is safely buckled." -Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services-

Over the Easter Long Weekend, road users can expect to see high police visibility as the OPP carries out its April 14-17, 2017 Seat Belt Campaign. Officers hope to see all drivers and passengers buckled up as well as children safely restrained.

QUICK FACTS

Drivers are responsible for ensuring children who are not big or old enough to use a seat belt are secured in an appropriate child car seat or booster seat.

The OPP Provincial Traffic Safety Program focuses on lack of occupant restraint, distracted, impaired and aggressive driving (known as the Big Four), with the aim of reducing deaths and injuries on OPP-patrolled highways, trails and waterways.


April 10, 2017: Crimestoppers Crime of the Week

Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers and the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking for the publics' assistance in solving a case of break, enter and theft.

On March 13, 2017 police responded to a complaint of break, enter and theft to a seasonal cottage on Coulonge Lake Trail in the Township of Whitewater Region. The cottage was broken into sometime between November 2016 and March 2017. The suspect or suspect(s) stole several items including:

Samsung 30" Flat Screen TV
D-Link Router
Craftsman 10" Portable Table Saw
2 Antique Clear Glass Oil Lamps
Antique Trunk - Black in Colour
2 Hand weaved African Wall Hangings

The suspect(s) also stole several paintings, a large mirror and a large floor space heater.
Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving this crime. If you have information on any criminal offence that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to $2,000.00. Call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at (613) 735-8477 or you can reach us at 1-800-222-8477. You could help solve a crime. All tips remain anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day. Please visit us at our new website www.valleytips.ca.


March 28, 2017: Crimestoppers Crime of the Week

Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers and the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking for the publics' assistance in solving a suspected arson.

At approximately 11pm on the evening of Tuesday March 22, 2017 police responded to a suspicious vehicle fire involving a white 1999 Dodge Ram pickup.  At the time of the fire the truck was parked unattended in a parking lot in the 100 block of Pembroke Street West in downtown Pembroke. The fire was extinguished but the vehicle sustained significant damage. Police believe the fire was deliberately set.       

Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving this crime. If you have information on any criminal offence that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to $2,000.00. Call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at (613) 735-8477 or you can reach us at 1-800-222-8477. You could help solve a crime. All tips remain anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day.  Please visit us at our new website www.valleytips.ca.


March 23, 2017: OPP WARN OF iTUNES SCAM SURFACING IN AREA AGAIN

(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn residents of an iTunes scam that has recently surfaced in the area again. Increasingly police have received complaints where fraudsters request payment for various fraudulent reasons through the purchase of iTunes gift cards. In one scenario scammers impersonate the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and claim that the target owes "back taxes". The target is advised payment must be made immediately to avoid arrest and serious legal consequences. The targets are instructed to purchase and activate iTunes gift cards and provide the codes back to the fraudsters as a form of payment. In a second scenario scammers have impersonated a grandchild in need of financial help due to injury or legal trouble and payment by iTunes cards is needed to bail the grandchild out of jail, pay fines or medical fees.

In an effort to reduce victimization consumers need to be aware of these scams and retailers should keep the scam in mind when faced with consumers interested in purchasing large quantities of iTunes cards. If a scam artist contacts you or if you have been defrauded contact your local police service or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website at www.antifraudcentre.ca


March 21, 2017: Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers and the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking for the publics' assistance in solving a break, enter and theft.

Sometime on March 5, 2017 an unknown suspect or suspects broke into a home and garage on River Drive in the Town of Petawawa. One Husqvarna chain saw and two Sthil chainsaws were stolen from the garage and the house was ransacked by the suspect or suspects.     

Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving this crime. If you have information on any criminal offence that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to $2,000.00. Call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at (613) 735-8477 or you can reach us at 1-800-222-8477. You could help solve a crime. All tips remain anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day.  Please visit us at our new website www.valleytips.ca.


March 10, 2017: DRIVER DISTRACTION Leads ROAD DEATHS for Fourth Consecutive Year - OPP Conducts Distracted Driving Campaign Over March Break (March 13-19, 2017)

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reporting that 2016 marked the fourth consecutive year that inattentive drivers were behind the highest number of lives lost on OPP-patrolled roads over the other main causal factors in road fatalities, known as the "Big Four".

In total, 65 people died in OPP-investigated collisions last year in which an inattentive driver was either a contributing factor or the primary cause of the death. In comparison to the other Big Four categories, 2016 ended with 55 speed-related, 53 seatbelt-related and 45 alcohol-related deaths.

As officers get set to conduct their annual province-wide Distracted Driving Campaign, the OPP is looking to Ontarians to help with the educational component of the campaign - a role that remains critical to helping keep Ontario roads safe.

QUOTES

"Road deaths linked to distracted drivers will not let up unless every road user says 'enough is enough' and shows a complete intolerance for what continues to be the most life-threatening driver behaviour on our roads. Starting with this campaign, we want to see every Ontarian, especially passengers of all ages, take a firm stand against those who endanger their lives by using their cell phones or engaging in other forms of distractions behind the wheel." - OPP Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes

"When young people are needlessly injured or killed as a result of distracted driving, my heart aches. Losing a loved one, losing a child, is one of the worst things imaginable - the text can wait. The OPP's Distracted Driving Campaign is an important reminder to put the phone away and focus on driving. Keeping our roads, communities, and families safe starts and ends with each of us." - Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

"Distracted driving continues to be a very serious challenge on our roads. It is particularly frustrating to see this behaviour - which is completely avoidable - cause the kind of carnage that it does. Even one death is one too many. It's time for all of us to put down our phones and speak up if we see our friends and family driving dangerously - together we can make this behaviour as socially unacceptable as impaired driving."
- Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

QUICK FACTS

With the exception of 2012, inattentive drivers have taken more lives on OPP-patrolled roads than speeding and alcohol-impaired drivers since Ontario distracted driving laws took effect in 2009.

A driver convicted of distracted driving faces:
a fine of $400, plus a victim surcharge and court fee
a fine of up to $1,000 if you receive a summons or fight your ticket
three demerit points applied to your driver's record

HELPFUL LINKS

Distracted Driving - Frequently Asked Questions

 


February 24, 2017: ICE SAFETY - IF IN DOUBT, DON'T GO OUT!

(SMITHS FALLS, ON.) - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to encourage everyone to assess and be aware of conditions before venturing out on ice covered bodies of water.

The rash of snowmobile incidents in Ontario has the OPP encouraging the snowmobile community to monitor unnecessary risk and practice good judgement. No ice can be considered 100% safe to ride on with a snowmobile even though you may have tested the thickness. If you do venture out on the ice, please follow these tips to help keep you safe.

Check the weather - Do not go out on warm or stormy days

Do not travel on ice if you have consumed alcohol or drugs

Do not travel on ice alone or in the dark - always have a buddy with you

Always let someone know your destination and time of return

Children should be accompanied by an adult when out on the ice

Carry a small survival kit on your person - including ice picks, rope, a lighter, waterproof matches, magnesium fire starter, pocket knife, compass, and whistle Ice is constantly changing in response to weather and water conditions and is effected by many different factors including thickness, currents, age of the ice, pressure cracks and snow cover.

OPP East Region Manager of Traffic and Marine, Inspector Paul Bedard says "The OPP is committed to saving lives on Ontario's highways, trails, and waterways through the reduction of preventable injury and death. This ice warning applies during any prolonged period of thaw or rain, and late in the season after ice begins to deteriorate from milder temperatures." Ice and Snow Means Take It Slow!


February 17, 2017: Pink T-Shirt Day: An opportunity to Support Diversity and Inclusion

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Petawawa and Deep River Inclusion Project would like to remind and encourage everyone to wear something pink to support community inclusion, diversity, and to take a proactive stand against bullying. Originally, Pink T-Shirt Day started in Nova Scotia in 2007. During this time, a new male student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Two other students observed this event happening and they wanted to take a stand against the bullying behaviour. These two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, went out and bought 50 pink tank tops which they distributed to fellow schoolmates the next day. This was a way for peers to show their support to the student being bullied as well as a way to protest against this type of treatment to a new student for simply wearing a pink shirt. Since then, the impact of the event has taken hold across Canada and the world. The event is now recognized and called Pink T-Shirt Day.

In honour of Pink T-Shirt Day, the Petawawa and Deep River Inclusion Project is distributing 1000 pink bracelets with the words Kindness=Happiness / Bonté=Bonheur in French to the local schools and is encouraging everyone of all ages and in all communities to wear something pink. We would like everyone to remember that people come in many shapes and sizes, may have different backgrounds, beliefs, histories, and experiences and all of us deserve to be respected and included in our workplaces and communities.

The Community Inclusion project has been initiated in Deep River and Petawawa. It involves municipal leaders, police, educators, service providers, youth and parents who are working together on a number of activities to foster inclusion for all. If you are interested in finding out more or want to become involved you can go to the Community Inclusion Facebook page at: facebook.com/CommunityInclusionProject or contact the Community Inclusion Co-ordinator, Vicky Leach at vleach076@gmail.com.


September 7, 2016: Non-Essential Water Use Ban continues

Petawawa, ON – The water treatment plant at the Town of Petawawa experienced an electrical fire during the evening of August 16th, 2016. The fire resulted in damage to one of three motor control centres (MCC) operating within the plant. A MCC unit is an assembly of common power services that regulate and relay information amongst various motor starters and equipment interfaces. Ontario Clean Water Agency staff and contractors worked tirelessly to enact emergency management procedures and temporarily re-route electrical circuits and bring backup operational equipment online. With the Town capable of producing and distributing water, accessing the extent of the damage and analyzing long term solutions transpired.

A system investigation confirmed the necessity of replacing the electrical system and certain operational modules within the plant. The equipment requiring replacement are complex, engineered units that are manufactured by a limited number of suppliers. Equipment specifications and design approvals have occurred under an accelerated procurement process, however it will be late October before delivery of the equipment is anticipated. Upon receipt of the specialized equipment, systematic installation and careful integration into plant operations will occur to ensure continued water distribution.

To safeguard adequate water supply and prevent undue burden on the water plant processing system, the Town of Petawawa continues to enforce a non-essential water use ban. Excessive draw from the water treatment system could adversely affect the repairs implemented and cause further damage to the system network. We ask that residents refrain from watering their lawns, but normal daily household use is permitted.

“We appreciate the efforts of residents to comply with this water-use ban and acknowledge that the water restriction has been a deterrent to the maintenance, repair and sodding of neighbourhoods and homes within the Town of Petawawa,” acknowledged Mayor Sweet. “The water use ban will remain in force to ensure that the Town can fulfill the core services of producing and supplying quality, safe water for consumption and fire suppression needs.”

The Town wishes to thank residents for their patience and understanding during this time. Water conservation and proper asset management will ensure that residents continue to receive essential services until the necessary repairs can be fully completed.


August 25, 2016: Media Release - Town of Petawawa

Petawawa, ON – The water treatment plant at the Town of Petawawa experienced an electrical fire during the evening of August 16th, 2016. The system has been temporarily repaired and the Town has continued to supply water throughout this process under a non-essential water use ban. Further repairs and equipment replacement will continue to occur at the water plant to ensure that necessary infrastructure is upgraded.

The non-essential watering ban will continue to remain in effect. We ask that residents refrain from lawn watering, but normal daily household use is entirely acceptable.

The Town wishes to thank residents for their patience and understanding during this time. Water conservation and proper management will ensure that residents continue to receive essential services until the necessary repairs can be fully completed.


August 17, 2016: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Town issues immediate ban on all nonessential water use

Petawawa, ON – The Town of Petawawa is issuing an immediate ban on all nonessential water use. The water plant for the Town of Petawawa experienced an electrical fire, last evening, which was quickly contained but has resulted in the interruption of the plant’s capacity to generate water. The Town water quality is not in question and water is currently available from our reserves and from our Pembroke supply.

In order to ensure adequate water supply during the time the plant system is under repair all non-essential water use will be monitored, this includes a ban on all lawn watering, pool replenishment and excessive personal use.

The Town wishes to thank residents for their patience and understanding during this time. Water conservation and proper management will ensure that residents continue to receive essential services until the necessary repairs can be fully completed.