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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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A boil water advisory (BWA) is still in place after a water main broke in Russell, Manitoba on December 20.

The unincorporated community, which is located within the Municipality of Russell Binscarth on Manitoba's Western border with Saskatchewan, was recommended to issue the advisory by Prairie Mountain Health.

The break, which occurred on Manitoba Avenue between Langford Street and MacDonald Street, was fixed quite quickly, however the water pressure loss that occurred as a result allowed a possibility of contaminants seeping in, so the advisory was issued as a precaution.

"We have a program called CodeRED that notifies residents in a range that we used to get the notice out," said Nicole Burdeniuk, Acting Chief Administrator Officer for Russell Binscarth.

According to the municipality's website, "Code Red is an emergency notification service that allows emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message and email regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications."

Around 20 homes were affected by the BWA.

Burdeniuk said that the advisory shouldn't take longer than a week to clear up although since it's the holiday season, she guessed that it might take a day or two longer than usual.

As of right now, the lines have been flushed using a fire hydrant on MacDonald Street and initial test results have been sent to ALS Environmental, a laboratory located in Winnipeg.

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