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SHERBROOKE, QC: E-COLI ALERT IN SOUTHERN QUEBEC ENTERING FOURTH WEEK
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A boil water advisory (BWA) is still in effect for a small section of the city of Sherbrooke, Québec.
The city, located due east of Montréal in southern Québec, found a positive test for E.Coli on September 6 in the Huntsville area of the Lennoxville Borough.
40 homes are affected by the BWA.
"It's very small sector, said Michel Cyr, Chief of the Water Management Division in Sherbrooke, "It's a new tap for 40 houses. Here in the city we have more than 70,000 houses and 69,960 are fine."
In the meantime, the residents of those homes, found on Campbell, Pharo, Pleasant View, Mitchell, and Glenday streets, will have to boil their water for drinking and washing fruit and vegetables.
Cyr said that they haven't identified the source of the bacterial contamination but have been flushing the system repeatedly in hopes of clearing it.
"We have also taken hundreds of samples to have a good knowledge of what happened," Cyr said, adding, "We shut off the two wells and shut off the reservoir and also we added more chlorine. Up to now the results are mainly good but they need to be good for a long time before we relieve the boil water notice."
When asked to estimate how long that might be, Cyr said, "Unfortunately I can't say. I hope it will be short. Sometimes it's one week, sometimes it's one month. We don't know when it will be (lifted)."
Up to now, the city has not been providing alternate sources of water for the residents affected.
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