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A Northern Alberta town is under a boil water advisory (BWA) after infrastructure issues caused an emergency water shut off on the weekend.

The Town of Wembley, located 23km west of Grand Prairie, alerted its approximately 1500 residents of the boil water advisory on November 4.

"We had a valve that blew and so our crew was working on repairing the valve, said Tanya Lamouroux, the town's Administrative Assistant, "The repair was almost complete when the gasket on the AC pipe let go after the valve insertion was complete."

Due to the poor conditions of the older valves, workers were unable to isolate the area in time and the town reservoir was dropping too quickly, so an emergency water shut off was ordered.

Lamouroux and town officials were in contact with Alberta Environment and Alberta Health Services as the issue was unfolding and the latter asked them to issue the BWA for safety's sake.

"We did notify it by Alberta Emergency alert," Lamouroux said, "We posted on all of our social media, our town website and our town Facebook page. I have a contact email list for our utility billings, so I emailed everybody on that list," adding, "I contacted all of our food establishments, school and day cares and our senior centre."

The town has completed the first round of testing for possible contaminants on Sunday afternoon and sent off the samples to a lab on Monday morning. Second tests will be completed on Monday evening and town officials are hoping that the advisory will be lifted by Wednesday morning.

Residents are able to get potable water while the advisory is ongoing.

"Our fire department mobilized within an hour of having the water shut off," Lamoroux said, "We purchased individual bottles which can be picked up from the fire department or the fire department can deliver to people who are unable to come get them."

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