People in the town of Craik have been without running water for nearly three days.
A valve in their water plant became plugged over the weekend. It flooded the town’s water plant and forced the entire cistern to be drained and cleaned.
Water issues are nothing new for the community of 450 located south east of Saskatoon. The town’s water woes began six years ago after the installation of a new water treatment system.
“When the company that installs your plant goes bankrupt who do you call?, said mayor Rick Rogers on Saskatoon Afternoon.
Rogers said the plant never really worked from the start.
“The ozone generators we had in there started failing. It was just one thing after another. The filters are plugging. It’s just not a very good system for ground water,” he said.
Rogers said poeple are frustrated and they want someone to blame for the mess.
“I guess you could blame me. I’m the mayor, but I don’t wish for poor quality water.”
The town has applied for provincial grants to either fix the system, or a build a pair of wells. Both options would cost well over a million dollars.
Until they receive government help, Rogers said the town is stuck dealing with their faulty water plant and residents will continue boiling their drinking water.
“We’ll get a break some day, I know we will. If the government kicks in and helps us, we’ll be fine,” said Rogers.
-with files from David Kirton and Kurtis Doering.
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