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Water Today Title March 22, 2018

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Asvisory of the Day



On March 8, 2017 Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency issued a Do Not Drink Notice for all users of the Rural Municipality of Hoodoo's Wakaw and Cudworth water station. The advisory was due to the possibility of an unknown chemical substance which may or may not have been introduced into the drinking water. The advisory also states that there is an "absence of backflow prevention devices on lines used to fill chemical tanks."

Users of the system are not to drink or cook with the water until further notice. In an announcement on the municipality's website, residents are being directed to use two coin-operated water stations in Cudworth and Wakaw, to meet short-term drinking water needs. We contacted the office of the Rural Municipality for comment on the situation.

We were informed that the municipality "was advised by Water Security that [they were] not able to sell [un]guaranteed" drinking water. This statement was echoed on the municipal website. According to the SaskWater website, the way it works is the provincial water corporation distributes water to municipalities. It is the municipalities who then distribute water to residents, and fixes the final water rate.

According to the Hoodoo website the advisory comes two months after users of the system saw an increase in their water rates. On January 1, 2017, a 7% rate hike was applied on water coming from the municipality's two water stations. The reason given for the rate bump was an "increase from SaskWater".

The stations will remain closed until Hoodoo "has the infrastructure in place to meet potable water regulations." The Municipal office added that Hoodoo has "initiated the required testing regime", though did not elaborate on what the regime is. The municipality did not elaborate on what the required regime is.

We contacted the Water Security Agency for comment but by the time of publishing had no response.

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