Three-month boil-water advisory frustrates town's residents
Some residents of Les Cèdres, west of Montreal, have been under a boil water advisory for the last three months.
And some are angry that town leaders haven't done enough to fix the problem, or help make things easier for residents.
Les Cèdres resident Jennifer Forrester says the town has been sending her updates in her mailbox every two weeks since the advisory was put in place on June 4th, essentially telling her little more than the advisory remains in place.
"The problem with that is, there's been no action whatsoever, no compromises of any water. The resident I've spoken to have just received blanket 'we're not going to give you water, we can't afford it.'" Forrester says.
She says a lot of the affected residents have had to lay out hundreds of dollars for bottled water, and what's worse, she adds the city is giving them no hint at all as to what the problem is.
The town's mayor, Geraldine Quesnel, says she understands the residents' frustration, but that her hands are tied.
"We don't have the money in our budget to buy drinking water," Quesnel says.
And she adds, the environment ministry isn't even telling her what the issue is.
She is hopeful, though, that things will get back to normal sometime early next month.