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Water Today Title March 22, 2018

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Update 2018/1/1
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2016-2017 Comparative Advisory Chart: Manitoba
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By Cori Marshall

There were many topics of interest in Manitoba this year. In early December we looked at the end of a multi-year Boil Water Advisory in Arnaud. We also reported on the planned repair work to a Water Co-op in North Norfolk and Westlake-Gladstone in October. In September the end of a four-year BWA at the Grand Valley Campgrounds in Brandon hit our front page.

There were 128 reported water advisories in Manitoba in 2017. The province remains consistent in the ranking, the totals place it in 7th place in the country and 3rd in Western Canada for most water advisories. This year's mark is up 14.9% from 109 in 2016.

The "Friendly" province averaged 10.6 advisories per month which are up from the 9.08 average last year.

Advisory totals ranged from 3 to 21 this year, whereas in 2016 there was a wider range from 1-25. 2017 numbers are up even though the peak number (21) is lower than last year's high.

For six months totals remained below 10 in 2017, high season for BWAs in Manitoba was May through October when the numbers reported remained above 10 for the entire period. This was not the case in 2016, the sustained period with 10 or more reported advisories was July through September with another spike in December. Like other regions, Manitoba's numbers go up with warmer weather.

Manitoba has advisory numbers that are on the rise in comparison to 2016, though totals remain relatively low when looked at with the sums of the other provinces. Next up we continue westward to the "Land of Living Skies", Saskatchewan.

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