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A boil water advisory (BWA) that was issued for sections of the city of Kenora, Ontario last week has been rescinded.

A public notice on the city's website said that it would affect residents from the Norman and Keewatin neighbourhoods and would come into effect at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8.

"We were working on a leaked valve on a watermain," said Biman Paudel , Division Lead for the Water and wastewater Division for Kenora.

He said that although there was planned maintenance and a water advisory wasn't scheduled, after consulting with the Northwestern Health Unit in Kenora, they decided to issue the advisory for precautionary reasons.

"Normally for Ontario Disinfection Policy, we categorize (jobs) as category one and category two," said Paudel, "Category one doesn't require a boil water advisory and category two does. After discovering the leak during maintenance, we had to sort out the water for a surrounding area, so didn't want to take any chance."

Paudel added that anywhere from 4000 to 5000 people were affected by the advisory, although he couldn't be sure of the numbers as the seasonal populations of Kenora can fluctuate.

After receiving laboratory testing that didn't indicate the presence of any bacterial contamination, the advisory was lifted on Sunday, November 12.

While the advisory was on, residents were notified by radio broadcasts every ten to fifteen minutes as well as public notices on the city's Facebook and official web page. For a smaller population, Paudel said that hand written notices are typically delivered but in this case it wasn't feasible.

No water stations were provided to the affected residents. Paudel said that had it been more than just a drinking water issue, in which the tap water could not be used at all, that might have been the case but in this instance, it didn't make sense.

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