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Water Today Title January 20, 2019

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Advisory of the Day



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A boil water advisory was issued for the community of Mallard, Manitoba on February 2.

The community, located around 300km northwest of Winnipeg, was issued the advisory by the Prairie Mountain Regional Health Authority after some discrepancies were found at the local water treatment plant.

"Routine monitoring of the treated water supply indicated a failure in the Mallard water system treatment process which allowed poorly treated water to enter the distribution system," a provincial spokesperson said in an email to this reporter. "A boil water advisory has been issued to ensure public health protection."

According to 2016 census data, the community has about 78 residents, all of whom are affected by the advisory.

The water supply for the community comes from a deep well. The water treatment plant chlorinates the water and then transports it by pipe to residents.

The entire system will need to be flushed and follow up testing performed before the boil water advisory can be lifted by the health authority.

Hopefully the advisory does little to dampen community cheer as one of their own, Brigette Lacquette, age 25, the first First Nations woman to be on the Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team, takes to the ice in PyeongChang this month.


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