Local residents will have to boil their drinking water for the time being.
As of this morning, the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency issued a precautionary drinking water advisory for all residents and businesses for the City of Meadow Lake and Flying Dust First Nation.
“This advisory will be in place until further notice,” the statement read. “While the advisory is on, residents are advised to boil all drinking water for at least one minute prior to use or use an alternate water source known to be safe."
City manager Diana Burton said the precautionary advisory was put in place because of the lowered quality of water coming from Meadow River, the city’s main water source.
“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to treat,” she said. “We cannot guarantee the quality of the treated water coming out of our plant, because of the quality of water coming in.”
Burton said this advisory will be in place until further notice as regulatory tests are performed. She said there have been consistent issues with the local water supply since November of 2017, but the water quality had never hit any levels of regulatory concern.
“We are doing everything we can to try and rectify this,” Burton said. “There are going to be strict regulations we have to meet. We would advise people to make arrangements to get bottles of water to make sure they have a consistent supply. We will look into all options we can provide, but either boil it before you ingest it or look for alternative sources.”
Burton said the water is being closely monitored, and stressed the difference between a precautionary advisory and a boil water order. If residents plan to cook with or drink the water, she said it should be boiled for at least 60 seconds first.
“We will know whether or not there’s anything that’s a danger to people’s public health, but the reality is if we had found anything it would be a boil water order,” she said. "We haven’t found anything that is indicative of an issue, but if certain things are found it will change to an order.”
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