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Water Today Title November 25, 2017

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BWA of the Day

BWA of the Day


On Monday, May 10, the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency issued a Do not Drink advisory for Wadena after a potassium permanganate spill caused elevated levels of the treatment chemical to be distributed throughout the system. Residents were advised not to drink, cook or wash with the town's tap water; they were also told not to treat it or boil it.

When we reached town Administrator Kelly Dodd on Monday afternoon, she said the advisory had just been downgraded to a boil water advisory.

"We are not sure yet what caused the incident but the system has been flushed and the levels have decreased and we have sent new water samples to the lab in Regina." Having said this, Kelly declined to give further details and advised us to call the communications spokesperson. We did. There was no answer.

Wadena (pop. 1306) is located east of Saskatoon and north of Fort Qu'Appelle on the eastern shore of the Quill Lakes, Canada's largest salt lakes. The town is famous for its birdwatching opportunities due the million of birds that visit annually.

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