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Water Today Title November 20, 2017

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Gainsborough was overrun by rainfalls in late June. The town's wells were overwhelmed and Boil Water Advisories were issued for most of the public wells. At the end of July the town still had no sewers and everyone was using porta-potties. One month later, things are still not resolved.

An updated report on Sask H2O has elevated the advisories for the Health Centre and the Campground wells to Emergency Boil water Orders because of E.coli contamination. All other advisories remain on the list as Precautionary Drinking Water Advisories.

According to a Community Advisory issued by the Sun Country Health Region on Augus 18:"Flooding in the town of Gainsborough continues to keep long term care residents of Gainsborough Health Centre from returning to the centre. Facility Manager Donna Davis says the town sewer system is still overwhelmed and water use is being rationed. Although pumping has improved at the health centre, the town's situation makes it impossible to determine how long the health centre will remain closed."

Meanwhile, Gainsborough assistant administrator, Stacey Johnson says most of the advisories have been lifted. "Things have not gone back to normal yet," she says . "Were still dealing with changing water, but E.coli is quite common around here."

According to Johnson, The Red Cross donated bottled water to the town during the crisis but normally the drinking water in the area is "the best".

Update 2014/8/28


This is a follow-up on our August 26 daily on Gainsborough. At that time, town officials said that most boil water advisories were lifted in the wake of the massive flooding in late June, whereas Sask H2O had them all still listed on their website, with two of them elevelated to Emergency Boil Water Orders due to the presence of E.coli.

"The whole village is on private wells," says Sun County Senior Public Health Inspector, Kristin Waroma. "We helped the village test them and most of the private wells were free of bacteria. The precautionary advisories are however still in place for the public wells until we get two sets of clean tests. Most of the wells in the area are shallow sandpoint wells, usually no more than 25' deep. This means the groundwater is under the direct influence of surface water (GUDI). This being an agricultural area, E.coli contamination is common." According to Waroma, the residents of Gainsborough are very protective of their water which they deem to be excellent.

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