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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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Advisory of the Day



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Cat Lake Public Water System, in northern Ontario, has been under a precautionary boil water advisory (BWA) for nearly two months due to a technical malfunction at the water treatment plant.

The First Nation community of 700 people lies on the shores of Cat Lake in northwestern Ontario and is only accessible by air.

Maryse Durette, senior media relations advisor for Health Canada (who assist First Nation communities with the monitoring and safety of drinking water), told Water Today that a precautionary boil water advisory was recommended on September 25th 2017 due to filters in the treatment plant becoming clogged—preventing the production of clean water.

However, the Operations and Maintenance manager of Cat Lake First Nation is unaware of any advisory, and told this reporter that he “has been drinking the water since September”. The only advisory he was aware of existed for a “24 hour period and was due to a power outage”, after which power was restored and advisory lifted.

Durette told us that remedial work at the plant for the filter malfunction has been completed, and Health Canada is currently waiting for water sample results to confirm the water is safe to consume. The findings of this test are anticipated within the next few weeks, pending delivery of a water sample.

She emphasised that the BWA was only issued as a precaution and was not the result of any contamination.

As of Wednesday evening, Health Canada is unaware of anyone becoming ill as a result of the advisory.

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