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Asvisory of the Day



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A precautionary drinking water advisory has been in place for the Village of Calder in Saskatchewan since April 12th.

According to Patrick Boyle, spokesperson for the Water Security Agency in Saskatchewan, some unauthorized work took place last week, during which a cross connection was made from a drinking water source into a wastewater source. "What happened is not acceptable and it's not in any way, shape, or form legal," Boyle said," As soon as we were notified of that, we told the community to resolve it."

He pointed out that the Village of Calder has performed the necessary repairs to fix the mistake. However, the Water Security Agency is still waiting on two positive tests, taken 48 hours apart, in order to ensure the drinking water is free of contaminants before rescinding the advisory.

Boyle has estimated that should everything go smoothly, the advisory should be lifted by the end of the week.

Calder, located in south eastern Saskatchewan, is home to approximately 100 people. All are affected by the drinking water advisory and have been told to boil water before using for consumption or even doing the dishes.

Mildred Danylko is the president of the Calder Senior Citizen Good Neighbour Centre, a particularly vulnerable business to be running during a drinking water advisory for liability reasons

She heard about the advisory over the weekend when notices were sent to her home and business.

So far, it's been a bit of a pain for her.

"I'm in charge of making the coffee around here," she said," So I've been hauling my water from Yorkton, which is about 40 minutes away

For personal use, she has plenty of five gallon jugs at home, which she can use until the advisory has been lifted. "A lot of people say it doesn't bother them (and that they're drinking) it but I don't want to take that chance," she said.

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