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A Manitoba spokesperson said in an email to this reporter "BWA for Bowsman issued because of line break or pressure loss in the distribution system. This is in a main line, and essentially shuts off water supply to the village. It is a municipal water supply and the BWA affects between 100 and 500 people." The spokesperson could not comment on whether the break was age or weather related.

This reporter spoke with Reeve/ Mayor Clint Eisner Minitonas- Bowsman today and he stated "A major water line break was reported on Monday night and was fixed throughout the day on Tuesday. There is a mandatory BWA till Friday to comply with testing regulations". His comments on whether the Minitonas- Bowsman amalgamation has been beneficial to situations such as this was as follows " I was originally in rural sector and now with the amalgamation we have seen benefits. We used all local machinery on this situation and didn't have to wait, or out source for help, the response time has been quicker and more efficient"

The community of Bowsman is part of the Minitonas-Bowsman Municipality, and has approximately 315 residents. Located on the western border of Manitoba just 16 km north of the Town of Swan River, it was amalgamated with Minitonas on January 1, 2015 as part of The Municipal Amalgamations Act. Largely an agricultural and logging community it supports a variety of businesses and social organizations such as the Lions Club.

The Manitoba Government preposed the amalgamation of communities of less than 1,000 to reduce costs for administration, and share major assets such as water treatment and recreational facilities. The Minitonas- Bowsman Municipality is part of the Parkland District in western Manitoba. The Bowsman Water Treatment Plant had upgrades completed in 2014-2015, at a cost of $90,295.

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