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The town of Hanley, Saskatchewan is under a precautionary boil water advisory as of September 11 due to some much needed system upgrades.

Located 65km south of Saskatoon, the small farming community is replacing the pumps and motors in their water distribution system as well as adding some alarm systems for their operators.

"The system started up in the early sixties it has looked pretty rough recently," said Darice Carlson, Chief Administrative Officer for Hanley, "We got clean water and waste water funding from Building Canada Fund which is a new grant that came out this year," adding, "It's tremendous. It's a $103,000 project and we're getting $77,000 from the grant to make sure we can proceed."

The town has no industry outside of agriculture, so the added boost was much appreciated.

Problems with the pumps came to a head in early spring when the town last issued a boil water advisory.

"We were having trouble with our pumps in March," Carlson said, "Our electrician was jimmying them to keep them running, so it was overdue that we needed to replace them."

The town's 511 residents will all be affected by the advisory, as will five farms, located just outside of town that the systems services.

"I just had a famer in this morning who wanted to get into the truck fill and I had to tell her that you can't drink it," said Carlson, "So we do have some other local farmers that are still coming in here looking for water." The town is hoping that the advisory will be lifted by this Saturday. Construction should be completed by Thursday at which point the operators will run samples to a lab in Saskatoon.

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