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GRONLID, SK: POSITIVE E.COLI TEST LEADS TO EBWO FOR SASK HAMLET
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The Hamlet of Gronlid has been under an emergency boil water order (EBWO) since December 22 after a positive test for E.Coli was reported from their waterworks.
The Kelsey Trail Regional Health Authority issued the EBWO as a precaution to the 78 residents that make up the hamlet.
"I know the procedure is to test," said Vicki Baptist, Administrator for Rural Municipality of Willow Creek No. 458 which Gronlid is governed by, "I believe they've sent two samples one day apart and flushed the lines."
So far, Baptist said, no one has been reported ill. In addition, no source for the bacteria has been found.
"We're not sure but suspect it might have just been a contaminated sample," said Baptist, "We're not aware of any leaks or power outages that might have caused contamination."
Baptist's colleagues spread notice of the EBWO by notifying the local radio stations, placing phone calls to the residents and using word of mouth.
Grunlid Central School was on their last day of school when the order was originally issued, so haven't been affected too much.
"There's a hotel with a bar that'll be getting bottled water," Baptist said, in reference to the Gronlid Hotel, "But I imagine they have a supply on hand."
The hamlet should expect the EBWO to be over soon if the second sample comes back clean.
Gronlid was named after a pastor who established a Lutheran congregation in the district 105 years ago. The hamlet is a short drive away from the Wapiti Valley Regional Park, where visitors can ski, camp and fish depending on the season.
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