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Water Today Title August 7, 2020

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Residents of the Lutselk'e community have been advised to boil their water after a water delivery truck was suspected of delivering unchlorinated water.

The advisory, which is being listed as precautionary, is in place for the entire community of approximately 300 people until the issue has been resolved.

"Chances are there is no issue at all," said Damien Healy, Communication Manager for the Northwest Territories Department of Health, "But we have reason to believe that some unchlorinated water was delivered to a few of the tanks."

There are no wells in the community and the infrastructure for pumping water doesn't exist, so residents depend on the local water plant, which treats the drinking water before delivering it to tanks on their property.

A news release provided by the Department of Health says that there have been no illnesses related to drinking water in the community so far.

Residents are being advised to clean out their water tanks before getting them re-filled as a precaution to ensure that no contaminants remain.

Healy said that tests are expected back by Saturday afternoon or failing that, Monday. If the results are favourable, the advisory will be lifted.

The Lutselk'e community is located on the east arm of Great Slave Lake. A proposed National Park, Thaidene Nene, could bring in some tourism dollars if visitors decide to take advantage of the nature watching, angling and paddling available.


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