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A boil water advisory (BWA) was issued on July 5 for rural residents in parts of Lethbridge County, Alberta. Some customers who receive their water from the Lethbridge North County Potable Water Co-op were told the BWA would continue through the weekend and until further notice.

Lethbridge County is located in southern Alberta and has a population of roughly 10 000. It is about 200 kilometres away from Calgary and only 90 kilometres away from the American border and the state of Montana.

The County's economy relies heavily on agriculture. It is home to Feedlot Alley, one of the largest intensive livestock operations in North America. Lethbridge County has many agricultural museums devoted to the restoration of old farming equipment as part of their cultural history.

In a statement Executive Officer for Alberta Health Services Gail Williamson said "an unlocated, undetermined potable water line leak resulted in the depressurization of parts of the Lethbridge County potable water distribution system."

Upon inspection, it was determined that the conditions of the drinking water supply were unfit for human consumption and a BWA was ordered by Alberta Health Services.

The BWA only affects those customers who live north of the Old Man River between Highway 845 and Highway 25 north out of Picture Butte and including the area south of Highway 519.

Martin Nordstrum of the Lethbridge North County Potable Water Co-op said the City of Lethbridge, and the Towns of Coaldale, Coalhurst, Picture Butte, Diamond City, Shaugnessy, Nobelford, and Barons remain unaffected.

The advisory will remain in effect until repairs can be made to the water line leak and the distribution system can be flushed according to provincial regulations. Until which time residents should boil all water for at least one minute prior to consumption.

The Lethbridge North County Potable Water Co-op has not released a date by which repairs will be completed. Once repairs are finished, the province of Alberta requires two sets of bacteriological samples to be submitted within twenty-four hours apart.

Once the BWA is lifted, residents should flush, clean and sanitize plumbed appliances, pipes and water treatment devices.

Residents are encouraged to call the Lethbridge North County Potable Water Coop at (403) 380-6918 for questions or concerns.


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