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RM of Wilton switches off Lone Rock water plant

Lone Rock officials say about nine homes are without pipe borne water in the hamlet. This as the RM of Wilton has turned off the water plant in Lone Rock effective Monday August 9th.

The notice to terminate the service of the water plant in Lone Rock has been posted on Wilton’s website.

A letter to affected residents dated July 27 contains the termination notice with an offer for a final opportunity to enter into an agreement for self-managed water. The meeting to discuss such an agreement was set by Wilton for Friday July 30th between 1-4 p.m.

MyLloydminsterNow previously reported that the water plant in Lone Rock was to be shut down on June 30, but Wilton had allowed an extension.

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Lloyd Ludwig, Chair of the Board of the Organized Hamlet of Lone Rock, says they continue to knock on various government doors as they pursue mediation.

“All of the other governmental bodies [SHA, Water Security Agency, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Government Relations] have been getting involved and it’s kind of stopped them [RM of Wilton] from doing what they want to do.”

In an email to MyLloydminsterNow, the Water Security Agency says the RM of Wilton has indicated they will continue with the sewer system until 2023. However, water service delivery decisions are made by local representatives subject to the Public Health Act.

The Communications Director at the Ministry of Health, in an email to MyLloydminsterNow has confirmed that the Public Health Act ensures that Saskatchewan communities have an adequate supply of drinking water, but it does not specify how the municipality must provide water.

The Communication Director adds the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority encourage the municipality and residents to work together to find an acceptable solution.

The RM of Wilton has posted a list of potable water sources on their website.

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