Provincial parks in Lunenburg, Shelburne and Queens Counties are welcoming people to use their shower facilities and access drinking water.
The following provincial parks will make their water facilities available to the public between Sunday and Thursday each week until further notice, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.:
— Graves Island Provincial Park, Lunenburg Co.
— Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Lunenburg Co.
— Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, Queens Co.
— The Islands Provincial Park, Shelburne Co.
Valley View Provincial Park in Annapolis County has a potable water supply, but shower and toilet facilities are not available.
“I want to assure Nova Scotians that we will continue to work with impacted municipalities to identify and address issues as the situation continues,” said Zach Churchill, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office.
More information on provincial parks can be found at http://parks.novascotia.ca/ .
The Emergency Management Office also encourages Nova Scotians to do their part to conserve water and to always make sure drinking water and non-potable water is safe.
Nova Scotians with dry wells should only use water from a registered or municipal supply. Water from lakes, rivers, streams and other surface water sources is not reliable, and may be contaminated.
With regard to non-potable water, under most circumstances it is not necessary to boil water for other household purposes. Adults, and older children can shower, bathe or wash but should avoid swallowing the water. Toddlers and babies should be sponge bathed. Dishes and laundry can also be washed in water that has not been boiled.
With dry conditions expected to continue, the Emergency Management Office is working with the Retail Council of Canada and the Red Cross to arrange for water to be donated to residents. Government is purchasing water and will also work with other industry partners to source more as needed.
For more information on resources available and more safety tips, go to novascotia.ca/watershortage/ .