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The rural municipalities of North Norfolk and Westlake-Gladstone in southern Manitoba are under a boil water advisory (BWA) as of this morning.

The Yellowhead Regional Water Co-op, which services both of these communities, is undergoing some patching up, so the BWA is a precautionary one while the work is being completed.

"Due to planned repairs, the Yellowhead Regional Water Co-op water system will be shut off, leading to depressurization in the line feeding the RM's of North Norfolk and Westlake-Gladstone," said a provincial spokesperson in an email to this reporter.

The advisory will be affecting approximately 400 residents of the two communities located south west of Lake Manitoba.

Once the line becomes pressurized again, testing of the water supply will have to be performed over the course of a day or two.

Should everything go according to plan, the advisory is expected to be lifted before the end of the week.

The water treatment co-op receives treated water from the City of Portage La Prairie, which uses the Assiniboine River as their raw water supply.

It consists of a network of pressure pipelines, booster stations, a pressure reducer station, water storage reservoirs, and meter stations.

It has been largely without incident in the recent past, however, according to their 2016 report, they were experiencing slightly higher than normal trihalomethane (THM) levels. This is typically caused by chlorine, which is added to disinfect the water, reacting to organic material. A compliance plan was in the works, which was intended to improve organics removal and reduce THM formation potential.

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