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A boil water advisory for Stand Off Alberta was issued on June 11 due to high turbidity levels in the water. Between May 26 and June 17 there have also been four other boil water advisories (BWAs) issued for different reasons which have all since been lifted.

Stand Off is located in southern Alberta, 60 kilometres north of state of Montana and the United States border. It is an unincorporated community of the Blood Tribe also known as the Kainai First Nation, which also have members living in other communities. The Blood Tribe Administration is located there.

The Kainai First Nation is the owner of an Ammolite mine that exports rare gem material to Asia. Mining in this region has led to the discovery of oceanic dinosaur fossils which are currently being studied at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

The community will be hosting their annual competition and Pow Wow in Lions Park in the nearby community of Cardston, Alberta. There will be a drumming groups, food vendors, a princess pageant and other activities on August 8.

The active boil water advisory at the Standoff Public Water System serves under 500 people. Spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada Edith Pedneault said "the current Boil Water Advisory is the result of equipment maintenance and upgrades this past May to one of the water treatment plants. This has resulted in high turbidity levels in the water."

Pedneault said the plant will be flushing the lines and draining the reservoir. She added that "the plant operator will be consulting their engineer to determine if the removal of any sand and rocks at the intake will help address the turbidity levels."

Once the levels of turbidity fall within Canadian Drinking Water Quality Standards, the BWA will be lifted. Turbidity is cloudiness in the water which is often a sign of water quality issues.

Prior to this advisory the community had been under four others in under a month. Three of them were lifted June 11, the other on June 4.

Pedneault said the causes "range from operational issues such as equipment failures and planned construction to maintenance and upgrades at the specific water treatment plants. Boil water advisories in these instances are issued as a precautionary measure."

She said the BWAs were all issued independently and that the cause of each BWA was not related to that of another.


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