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A precautionary boil water advisory (BWA) was issued by the City of Gatineau in Quebec on Sunday.

According to Yves Melanson, Media Relations Officer for the City of Gatineau, the Buckingham sector's water plant underwent mechanical difficulties which resulted in a lower than normal level of chlorine.

"Because it was lower than the level prescribed by the province, we issued a preventative advisory," said Melanson, " We took samples yesterday and should be getting results today and we'll (take samples) again today, so we'll know tomorrow whether we're able to remove the advisory."

The Buckingham sector, located in the eastern part of Gatineau is home to approximately 12,000 residents, all of whom are affected.

The Boil Water Advisory comes on the heels of some major difficulties that the city has faced due to spring flooding conditions along the banks of the Ottawa River, Lac Leamy and the Gatineau River. According to Melanson, however, the BWA is, "completely separate from the floods."

Gatineau was hit quite hard this season, with over 1,800 houses affected by the rising water levels. Some residents were forced to leave their houses thanks to raw sewage surging through their pipes.

The town is recommending affected residents boil their water for at least one minute prior to using.

Some residents may find that the tap water is coloured, in which case they should let the tap run until it is clear again. It's estimated that the boil water advisory will be lifted by the end of the week.

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