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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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A Boil Water Advisory is still in effect for the unincorporated urban community of Rivers, Manitoba. The BWA was originally issued in April of 2015 when routine testing spotted a failure in the treatment process which allowed for poorly treated water to enter the distribution system.

According to Todd Gill, the Mayor of Riverdale Municipality, the BWA affects the 1200 residents of Rivers as well as rural people who haul their water from the community's system.

Rivers, located 40KM North West of Brandon, Manitoba is in the process of building a new water treatment facility to suit the needs of its residents.

Gill said, "Construction started in early 2016 and it'll be completed at the end of May."

Local businessman, Vaughn Lamb said that although the BWA was a pain to begin with, people have gotten used to living under the advisory.

He owns and operates Tempo Place Emporium, a gas station with a convenience store and restaurant attached.

"You've got to remember to boil the water," he said, "We boil six to 10 five gallon pails every morning

Lamb ceded that the new plant being built is something that the community needed and everybody is patiently waiting on. "None of that stuff happens at the right time," Lamb said, "But everybody will be happy in a couple months and it'll be good."

If all goes according to plan, the facility should be up and running by June with the BWA being rescinded by Manitoba Health shortly afterwards.

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