The municipal water system is being monitored at the same frequency as prior to the strike by Engineering Services personnel. These checks include daily monitoring and adjusting disinfection levels to maintain a safe drinking water supply.
The safety of the water is confirmed by samples taken for bacteriological testing at the normal two-week frequency. Results for the Kitimat municipal water system are posted on the Northern Health website as are other water systems. You can find information at: http://www.healthspace.ca/Clients/NHA/NHA_Website.nsf/water-drinking-frameset
District of Kitimat citizens are protected during strikes through essential services legislationrequiring that striking employees provide services necessary for the health and safety of the community. In the event of an emergency, striking employees who have been designated essential are required to respond.
Essential services include water, policing, fire services, sewer and any other service which could expose the public to an immediate risk to health, safety or welfare.We remain hopeful that a collective agreement can be concluded soon. We value the services provided by our employees to all of our citizens. We thank you for your patience during this very difficult time.