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SWAN RIVER, MB: STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY, SUPPLY WELLS NOT SUPPLYING TREATMENT PLANT
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The Town of Swan River, Manitoba, has been under a State of Local Emergency since Sunday morning. According to the initial press release the Town was "experiencing a problem with its well water pumping system an [instructed] all residential and commercial properties to reduce water consumption." No boil water advisory was issued.
Swan River made available bulk potable water and bottled water to citizens at no charge. This was important as the Town expected that the treated water supply to be depleted.
The Town kept people up to date with regular updates on their website, and urged that households keep a "three days' supply of water - 2 litres per person per day for drinking and 2 litres per person per day for cooking and sanitation."
Residents should purify their emergency water, the Town suggested "boiling for 10 minutes just prior to use or add one drop of household (5% sodium hypochlorite) unscented bleach per litre of water."
As this situation affected both homes and businesses, today's routine would be somewhat out of the ordinary.
We were told by the administration at Swan River Day Care Centre Inc. that a decision had been made "to close the [facility] Monday January 29th." Staff and administration met with the Board of Directors today, to decide "what to do for the rest of the week."
At 9 AM Monday morning the Town announced that they had identified the problem as "multiple issues in multiple wells in providing water to the treatment plant." As of 3 PM Monday afternoon "water level in the reservoir [was] still critically low but rising."
Rising water levels are positive, though water supply in Swan River is not yet back to normal. Residents should stay informed and watch for updates from the town. Crews are working around the clock to address the issues.
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