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A favourable end is in sight for a long standing boil water advisory in North Western Manitoba.

The residents of the unincorporated community of Sherridon, named after the since closed Sherritt Gordon nickel mines nearby, have been on a BWA since October of 2010.

According to Wendy Vacheresse, Sherridon's Community Administrative Officer, the BWA was issued shortly after a new water system was built.

"The plant, when it was commissioned wasn't meeting the chlorine residuals at the end of the distribution line," Vacheresse said, "The plant wasn't large enough to be doing the job of accommodating the process of making the water to serve the community. At the time there was about 80 people and now there's 108."

She informed this reporter that the government's Indigenous and Northern Relations are in the process of helping provide a water treatment plant expansion.

"They're anticipating that after this expansion, the boil water advisory will be lifted," she said.

Vacheresse went on to mention that the project is currently up on the MERX site, a tendering service for government contracts, and is taking on bids.

"Indigenous and Northern Relations will be coming in with the contractors on October 2," she said, "They'll be meeting with the mayor and council to discuss the expansion."

Right now the council is figuring that the project will be completed by next year with a projected start date of sometime this winter.

As of right now, it's business as usual for residents who have become pretty accustomed to the advisory.

"People are boiling the water or they bring water in from out of town like bottled water or the jugs. No one has their own well," Vacheresse said.

The town has an interesting history, as over 200 buildings formerly located there were put on sleighs and transported hundreds of kilometres to Lynn Lake once the mines went out of business.

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