Mancini asks Bernard for update on delay of water treatment at Alderney Manor

October 16, 2015

Dartmouth South NDP MLA Marian Mancini is calling on Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard to provide an update on the treatment of water at Alderney Manor.

“The seniors of this 200 unit building have had to travel to the Dartmouth Sportsplex to shower since the September 3rd outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease was declared. They’ve been very patient. Now, after six weeks, they deserve answers from the government,” says Mancini.

On September 18th, the government announced it had purchased a copper-silver ionization system to be installed in the building to treat both hot and cold water. At the time, the government said restrictions on showering would stay in place for up to two weeks until the installation was complete.

In September, five people who live in the building contracted Legionnaires’ disease — a severe form of pneumonia — spread by water mist, often through showers and air conditioners. One woman died.