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Water Today Title August 7, 2020

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The municipality of Saint-Fabien, Québec, was under a boil water advisory (BWA) that lasted 44 days. The bwa was issued after a fire during the night of December 16 to 17, 2017. Local media reported that the accidental fire destroyed homes and businesses including a funeral home.

The municipality issued a public notice on Sunday December 17, 2017 stating simply "due to last night's fire and the resulting high water demand, we ask you to boil your water as a precaution until further notice."

There were low levels of water in the reservoir, and the system experienced leaks, which compounded the problem.

On the morning of Monday January 29, 2018, more than a month after the BWA was issued, Saint-Fabien posted a second public notice stating "that the boil water advisory is lifted as of today, the analyzes have indeed confirmed that the quality of the water meets quality standards."

Fabiennois no longer have to boil water before consuming, and the town is supplied with clean drinking water.

We contacted the offices of the Municipalité de Saint-Fabien to find out why the BWA lasted so long, and what work was undertaken to address the issue. At the time of publishing we still had not received a response.

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