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MONCTON, NB: FLOW METER MAINTENANCE LEADS TO 48HR BWA
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Scheduled maintenance work that resulted in some lost water pressure occasioned a boil water advisory in the city of Moncton, New Brunswick.
According to Nicole Taylor, the city's Director of Utilities, workers changed a flow meter at the Magnetic Hill Pumping Station on Thursday evening.
As the water pressure would be low through higher altitude sections of the serviced area, there is a risk of contaminants entering the system. To be safe, the city has recommended that the approximately 1380 homes and additional businesses in the north end of the city boil their water for the time being.
In the meantime, the city is taking steps to ensure the drinking water is safe for consumption.
"We flush after every service interruption and then we collect turbidity, chlorine residual and microbiological samples," said Taylor, "We've collected the first samples. But we won't know until late in the afternoon or early evening tomorrow. If one of the two we're collecting is false then we have to (extend the advisory) to Sunday."
For a segment of the population that large, it's important that the message of the advisory is spread thoroughly.
We issued a PSA (public service announcement) and local media covered it fairly extensively, "Andre Cormier of the city's communication division said, "We also used our social media channels to alert residents as well."
If all goes according to plan, Taylor said that the boil water advisory will be lifted by Saturday afternoon.