Diamond Water Treatment Services Ltd

Diamond Water Treatment Services Ltd.
Upper Sackville, NS

Will be coming to Tancook Island on
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 – 8 am to 4 pm

Diamond works on all brands of water conditioning systems regardless of original equipment provider and the age of the equipment.

Regular Service:

General tune-up and tweaking of existing systems
Controller cleaning and adjustment
Review and adjustment to controller operating schedules
Improvements to Salt / Brine Tank operations

All of above are part of a Regular Service Call for $79 + HST

Other Services Available:

Replacing or topping up of conditioning medium – Sand and Birm materials
Water Testing
New System Installations
UV Light Filter Installations
Owner education on system operations

If you have water that smells, or leaves rust coloured stains on your cloths, sink, tub or toilet this is an opportunity to ask an expert to give you an opinion and quote.

If you are interested in any of these services, and want to setup an appointment, call

Perry Gammon at Diamond Water Treatment Services Ltd.


Earth Day – two programs of interest

In honour of Earth Day we wish to pass along two programs shared with us by island residents.

Rising Sea Level Project
The first is a program aimed at educating coastal communities about sea-level rise. On this  interactive map, you can identify and share your observations and experiences with sea-level rise impacts in our area.   Interactive sea level rise map

The colour coded map markers allow you to indicate the type of  impact the rising sea level has. The categories are:
~ Inundation: A permanent submergence of the coast, which creates a new normal water level
~Coastal Erosion: The movement of sediment (e.g., gravel, sand, mud, etc.) away from the land or to another part of the coast
~Coastal Flooding and Storm Surge: Storm surge and flooding result in temporarily flooded homes and properties
~Salt Water Intrusion: Occurs when salt water seeps into fresh groundwater

Radon Testing

Another resident let us know about a radon detection program offered by the Nova Scotia Lung Association. This program includes a Department of Natural Resources map on which people can see the concentration of radon in their geographic area. To date, there is no data for Big Tancook Island. You can access the map here  This map loads slowly.

The Nova Scotia Lung Association offers radon testing kits for $40. You can order one online here:   radon detection kit

Or pick one up at 6331 Lady Hammond Road Suite#200, Halifax.

More information about radon here  here

Good News for Tancook

Several months ago, the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors announced their Age-friendly Communities Grant program. We submitted an application to this program through BTIERA and have just been informed that our application was successful. As a result we have been awarded a grant to accomplish the following four goals:

  1. Survey island residents to assess which health services they currently need or may need in the years ahead.
  2. Conduct thorough research to determine which health service providers are willing to come to Tancook Island.
  3. Create a print resource to be made available to all island residents documenting who to contact for specific health services based on the research results.
  4. Establish a cohort of trained volunteers to help residents age-in-place as long as possible. (This includes palliative care training.)

Health Care Services for Tancook Residents

Several months ago, Lorraine Burch, General Manager of Our Health Centre in Chester came to Tancook to meet with residents to discuss issues and concerns regarding health services. After the meeting, Lorraine lobbied on our behalf and, as a result, we are pleased share a few developments with you.

After an extended suspension of services, the VON has agreed to return to Tancook should a resident require their services. The VON Tri-County office number is 902-742-4512.

Palliative Care
There is also a Palliative Care team willing to come to Tancook should their services be required. This can be arranged through a referral from your family doctor.

In order to resume these services, we had to comply with a standard risk assessment given to all communities for which these services are requested. The primary concern was safe transportation of service providers. Among the required criteria were current police checks for drivers as well as vehicle insurance.

Our voices were heard and this is good news for all Tancook residents.

“Tancook Wishing Stones” Project

Big Tancook Island is home to many adults and children who have developed a culture of caring for and about others – in little ways and big ways. One small way in which we feel we can spread this culture of caring is through our “Tancook Wishing Stones” project.

A wishing stone is a magical stone or pebble that is found on the seashore and has a white quartz ring on it somewhere. The ring must be complete with no breaks or pauses in the circle it forms. The ring can be crossed by other rings, but must have no beginning and no end in order for the magic to work.
When you find a wishing stone, stand by the seashore, hold it in your hand, close your eyes and make a silent wish. Once you’ve made a wish, throw the stone as far into the sea as you can.

We will leave baskets of Tancook Wishing Stones in hospital waiting rooms throughout the province. Each stone will be packaged in a small fabric bag with a card explaining the idea behind a wishing stone and encouraging people to leave a comment on the Tancook Wishing Stones website telling their story.  People who spend time in medical waiting rooms often feel worried or alone. Our goal is to spread some cheer and enchantment for patients and their family members with this project.

If you would like to help with this project, please keep an eye open for wishing stones as you stroll along the shore. Or, if you know of a location where we can leave  a basket of wishing stones, please let us know.

Health Care Meeting – November 23, 2017

We are delighted that Thursday’s meeting to discuss health care issues was productive and positive. The meeting was facilitated by Lorraine Burch, Manager of Our Health Centre (OHC) in Chester. She was accompanied by Gord Tate, Active Living/Transportation Coordinator, Chester Municipality; Louise Hopper, Community Health Coordinator and Barbara Carthew, Board Member, Bonny Lea Farm.

We had a good turnout and residents who attended had an opportunity to share their current and future health care needs and concerns.

This meeting is strategically significant as we have now established a valuable link with OHC , an excellent community resource at our doorstep. OHC offers a variety of services and workshops from Diabetes Education to Understanding Dementia. The Centre is open to suggestions for workshops and Lorriane has offered to investigate the possibility of bringing some workshops to Tancook.

Solving problems is very much about building relationships and this meeting did just that. To paraphrase Peter Stephens, “People cannot help us with a problem they don’t know we have.” We now need to maintain the momentum we have set in action and continue to build relationships with health care providers to ensure that we will have a healthy community especially as so many of us enter into the ‘golden” phase of our lives.

For more information about OHC programs and services please see the document below.
Summary of Programs and Services at OHC Jan 2017- December 2017

To learn more about what OHC has to offer, visit http://www.ourhealthcentre.ca/ and sign up for “The Buzz” their monthly newsletter.

More Subsea Cable Information from NS Power

“The power outage to Big Tancook this week was due to a cable failure between Blandford and Little Tancook.  The failure was on the older of the two cables that run between Blandford and Little Tancook.  We did some switching and are feeding the Tancooks from the newest cable between Blandford and Little Tancook.  We have determined the place where the cable failed and we are currently putting together the plan to make the repair.  The location of the fault is about 600m from the Blandford shore so we require a barge and divers to assist in bringing the cable to the surface to install the splice.  If all goes according to plan, this will be completed by the third week in November.

We currently have two cables that leave Blandford and go to Little Tancook.  One of these cables was put in service in 2006 and the other in 1990.   We also have two cables the run between Little Tancook and Big Tancook.  One of these cables was replaced in 2007 and the second was put  in service in the 1970’s.  We have other islands that are fed through underwater cables that would not have any redundancy.  We have replaced a cable between the mainland and each island in the past 10 years to ensure that we have a reliable supply to the islands.  The cable that has failed is on our list to be reviewed for cable replacement.  This cable has failed 3 times in the past ten years and this would factor into the replacement timing.”

Update re NS Power Subsea Cable

Update re Subsea Power Cable

After last week’s power outage there was worry among island residents that we might be without power for an extended time during the winter months.  In response to an inquiry made to NS Power a few days ago, Tiffany Chase, the Senior Communication Advisor shared this helpful information:

“Power to both Big and Little Tancook islands is supplied through a combination of two subsea cables (a primary and a backup cable) and a network of overhead lines on the islands themselves. The challenge for outages that occur on the islands is that crews must patrol the overhead sections on the islands to ensure they can safely re-energize the lines once repairs are completed.

The outage earlier this week was approximately 14 hours in duration, primarily due to the time it took for crews to secure a boat and assess the power line status on Big Tancook before the service could safely be restored to all customers on both islands. The outage was caused due to a failure on the older of the two subsea cables; one cable was installed in the 1990’s and the other was installed a decade ago. The older cable will be repaired within the next few weeks, and it is on the list for future replacement.

The repair will be a splice. We will rent a barge, and trained personnel dive down and repair it underwater. If you picture a bunch of smaller wires (conductors) inside a thicker cable, in this case, one or more of those smaller wires is faulty and to repair it, we will cut out the faulty section and tie in a new piece to re-establish the connection.

In the meantime, Tancook customers can be assured that their power will continue to be delivered via the other cable, which is in good condition.”