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CARMANGAY, AB: PUMP FIXED, TAP WATER SAFE BUT SOME STILL OPT FOR BOTTLED
A Precautionary BWA was issued on Sept. 19, 2019 for parts
of the Village of Carmangay, AB following an issue with a pump that caused
depressurization of a community water line.
Affected households were notified by mail, including J. Chong on Truman
Street. The water advisory was lifted
about a week and a half later, WaterToday learned, though the homeowner was unsure
of the exact date.
“I boil my water
anyway”, WaterToday heard, as a faster way to dissipate the chlorine, and for peace
K. Barski lives on Elmore Street, and reports that the
household was unaware of the BWA until a couple of days after it was lifted. “My water never did go off. I guess some people were affected, but not for
I think people are pretty diligent
in this province, to get things resolved”, says Barski. Even though the town water supply has been reestablished
as safe for consumption, Barksi doesn’t drink it.
“To me it smells swampy and I
don’t like the chlorine. Some residents
drink it, but I only use it for showering, washing clothes. I filter the water I use for cooking and I
drink bottled water, because I am picky, I guess.”
Alberta Health Services reminds the public to exercise caution
with personal hygiene during a boil water advisory. From the AHS website, it is safe for adults
and older children to shower during an active boil water advisory, but small
children and infants should be sponge bathed to ensure that they do not swallow
the water. Likewise, anyone with open
wounds is advised to avoid contact with untreated water during an active BWA.
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