Food establishments not providing water samples

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P.E.I. food establishments continue to get warnings from Environmental Health inspectors for not providing water samples.

P.E.I. food establishments continue to get warnings from Environmental Health inspectors for not providing water samples.

The province’s laws state every eating establishment or licensed premises shall be provided an adequate supply of hot and cold water under pressure, the quality of which is satisfactory to the chief health officer.

And now the province requests each food establishment to provide its own water sample.

Brackley Drive-In Theatre and Fun Park in Brackley, Shipwright’s Café in Kensington and Raceway Park Drag Strip Canteen in Oyster Bed Bridge all received letters of intent, one step away from a health order, for not providing a water sample. Raceway Park canteen was also warned for not having a proper approval certificate.

In June, the Health Department notified the operators of restaurants, bars and swimming pools it would no longer be testing their water.

Now, operators must collect their own water samples and have them tested by the province for such potentially deadly bacteria as E. coli.

The Galley Store in Malpeque received a warning letter for not providing a water sample. Dairy Queen in Charlottetown, Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River, Kensington Club and Real Meals in Hyde Park all received warning letters for operating without an approval certificate from the province.

Organizations: Health Department, Galley Store, Harmony House Theatre Kensington Club

Geographic location: Brackley, Fun Park, Kensington Charlottetown Hunter River Hyde Park

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  • Observer
    November 17, 2012 - 06:17

    Sadly Nay, it is most likely one of the other businesses. Unfortunately people do not have time to get it done. It has nothing too do with law abiding businesses and they have nothing to hide. I know a few of the companies that haven't done this yet and they are great businesses. They just need to get it done.

  • Nay
    November 15, 2012 - 18:45

    When it says "Raceway Park canteen" do they mean in Summerside the illegal BBQ "canteen" near the barns or the canteen downstairs or the buffet upstairs inside the track? I'm guessing it's the BBQ but it would be nice to have that made clear so as not to tarnish the reputation of two honest law abiding businesses.

  • reality check
    November 15, 2012 - 01:43

    So what's to prevent these businesses from going to the local convenience store and buying a bottle of BIG 8 or DASANI or AQUAFINA water..... pour it into a sample bottle and send it to the provincial lab while claiming that ''golly gee yessir provincial health inspector.... this really is from my very own tap water'' ?????????

  • This will have another bad ending,
    November 14, 2012 - 20:01

    Shocking and just blatent disregard for the welfare of the citizens of this province. The gov't is paying workers high 5 and 6 figure salaries to do nothing except to be their buddies- and yet, cannot find the money to do water testing--put those pencil pushers out and get them to do the water testing... why will this gov't not take lessons from the past? This will end in disaster and another lawsuit no doubt. Gov't not being very proactive here, disgraceful mismanagement of govt that continues to harm Islanders and what is more shameful is that the politicians, govt workers, health pei could care less if people are harmed, become sick or even die from a tainted water supply. We really have lost sight of all ethical and moral stances, what a broken and horrible society this is when the water is at risk and we are not safe.

  • Observer
    November 14, 2012 - 19:01

    So after going through the process..I had to sit and wait almost 2 hours to provide my water samples and pay for the whole procedure at the Charlottetown Access PEI and that didn't include the time I had to drive from the country from an establishment to pick up the sample bottles. Then had to wait weeks to get the results back, which made no sense at all. I called and they informed me that my tests were sent across for whatever reason..shortage of people to do it or vacation who knows and forgot to add papers to my results explaining the information provided. We didn't know if there was something wrong or not. So my next question would do they possibly know where the sample is actually coming from. Great if someone take sit in from their business...but is it really from THEIR business...not saying..just saying. Made sense when they did it themselves its not like they done make about 4-5 trips a year from one inspector!

  • Darrin Deveau
    November 14, 2012 - 13:09

    It is is just another cost saving measure by the Government at the publics exspense. Any business owner can take a sample from anywhere and bring it in to get tested. No guarantee as to where it comes from. The Government is short-sighted and has blinders save save matter the public cost....How about some of the polictical cronies put that PNP money back in the coffers

    • Sylvia
      November 14, 2012 - 17:59

      That's a good point, no guarantee as to where it comes from.

  • Sylvia
    November 14, 2012 - 11:13

    This is the worst mistake the dept. of health could possibly make, to stop getting water samples from business establishments. This is putting people at risk who go to these places. How would it be safe to wash hands after using washroom if water is contaminated? We have our water tested on a regular basis and we have a UV light. I have no problem with paying for the cost which I find to be quite reasonable and it's worthwhile to do this as it gives us peace of mind knowing that our water is free of e-coli and coliform. How is the public going to know which restaurant is safe to eat in? I think that every business should be made to put up a sign that states they have submitted water samples for testing and what the date was.