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Canadian Woman Left Without Running Water For More Than A Year

Thursday 11 June 2020


From Canadian news outlet CTV News:


Lori Scully
West Nipissing resident Lori Scully, who's living with
fibromyalgia and is on disability, has been told it'll be
three to four years before she can get
access to clean drinking water.
(Ian Campbell/CTV News)

West Nipissing woman left without running water for more than a year

By Ian Campbell CTV News Northern Ontario Videojournalist
June 9, 2020
© 2020 CTV News.

VERNER -- Lori Scully is at her wits end and has run out of options. She's been living without running water for more than a year after a power outage cut the supply from her well.

Scully is living with fibromyalgia and is on disability. She asked for help from the province for the $2,000 repair bill and was turned down.

She's been told her only option is the Ontario Renovates program, which would subsidize the repair. But she's on the waitlist and has been told she's has at least another three years before she can expect help.

Scully says it's about $200 just for a repairman to come out and look at the site, while the Ontario Disability Support Program gives her less than $1,200 a month to make ends meet.

As a result, she's been using her neighbour's garden hose and lugging jugs of water back and forth from his property to hers via a garden wagon.

The physical exertion, combined with her condition, can leave her out of commission for days.


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