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Water Distribution Program

UPDATE: Starting September 14, we will distribute water coupons to residents of the Tancook Islands on behalf of the Municpality of Lunenburg (see their news release on the right). Island residents can redeem coupons at the local retailers listed below.

Council has approved a district-wide water distribution program in light of the ongoing dry weather and the impact it is having on the quantity and quality of residents’ well water.

The program started on August 24, 2020 and will provide households experiencing a potable water shortage with 4L of water per day per person per household (up to four people/household). Similar to previous years, the program will be coupon-based and available to MOC residents, who will be required to submit a dry well report form and register their civic address. The dry well report form can be completed in person when picking up coupons, ahead of time by using the link on the right, or by contacting the main office.

Coupons are available at these locations and times:

  • The Municipal Office, 151 King Street in Chester, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, starting August 24, 2020;
  • District #1 Community Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Mondays starting August 24. Please call Nadine Hackney at 902-275-8503 in advance for an appointment; and
  • The New Ross Community School from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., on Tuesdays starting August 25. Please call Nadine Hackney at 902-275-8503 in advance for an appointment. 

If you have concerns around the spread of COVID-19, or if these locations and times are not convenient, please contact us to have coupons mailed out or to make other arrangements. Residents experiencing mobility issues can also give their permission to have a neighbour or family member collect their coupons on their behalf.

Coupons are good for a two-week period (Monday to Sunday) but will expire on the second Sunday for as long as the program is in place. After expiration, new coupons will be issued for the next program period. We will assess the situation again on September 24, 2020 to determine if the program will or will not continue.

Coupons for one 4L jug of water (no substitutes) can be exchanged at select retailers within the Municipality. The Municipality is urging only those residents who are in need to access this program so as to reserve supplies for those with little or no water. To ensure adequate supply for all residents, coupon redemption will be limited to the maximum of 28-4L bottles of water at any one visit to the selected retailer. Selected retailers are: Independent Grocers in Chester and Hubbards (who will provide Presidents Choice brand), Chester Foodland (who will provide Big 8 brand), Chester Basin  Petro-Canada (who will provide Big 8 brand), and Clover Farm in New Ross (who will provide Big 8 brand).

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