The Board of the Organized Hamlet of Lone Rock is declaring a state of emergency in the wake of the RM of Wilton turning off the water plant in the village on Monday.
On Tuesday shortly before noon, Lone Rock residents alerted MyLloydminsterNow that RM of Wilton crews were demolishing the water plant.
Board Chair of the hamlet Lloyd Ludwig says they continue to work with the Premier’s office and the Ministry of Health and other ministries to resolve this issue.
“Now we have all these residents who have no recourse for water. We’ve been as the organized hamlet board telling people we’re in negotiations with these people. We are trying to keep this [water plant] running. We’ve offered to run it ourselves to cut the costs down and all the health ministries and all these other ministries have said that we need to go to an appeals process.”
As MyLloydminsterNow previously reported, the RM of Wilton had posted on their website that the plant would be shut down on August 9th. In the meantime, the Saskatchewan Health Authority has confirmed they are investigating following the action of the RM of Wilton to turn off the water plant in Lone Rock.
Health officials will be examining whether the removal of the municipal water supply for Lone Rock by the Rural Municipality of Wilton contravenes the Public Health Act, 1994.
In their email to MyLloydminsterNow, SHA says they will not provide any further details and their findings will be communicated to both the RM of Wilton and the Lone Rock Hamlet Board.
Wilton officials have declined to comment.