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ITUNA, SK: PDWA ONLY PART OF THE TOWN'S WOES
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On May 24 Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency (WSA) published a precautionary drinking water advisory (PDWA) for users of the water supply of the Town of Ituna. The PDWA was issued "due to the Town's water treatment plant [being] unable to keep up with the current water demand."
The advisory stated that "alternate water will be hauled in from a neighbouring community to replenish the Town's reservoir and therefore the safety of Ituna'S drinking water supply cannot be ensured at all times."
Under clause 36(1)(a) if The Environmental Management and Protection Act 2010 the residents of Ituna and any users of the water supply had to be notified.
The Town published a Water Advisory Alert on May 22. The Town "declared an immediate water use restriction." Residents and businesses were ordered to stop all "non-essential water consumption."
The same day Ituna was placed "under a community wide fire ban until further notice."
Approximately 10 AM local time, residents of Ituna learned that the PDWA was being extended. In a simultaneous publication on the website and Facebook page the notice informed the population that the extension was "due to the recent water breaks and the replacement of one of the filters in the water plant which requires regulating adjustments to the treatment in the water supply for quality control."
The Town alluded to the stress of the situation and said that they "are working as hard as we can to have this lifted." The notice went on to suggest that the delay is a result that there are "Government regulated timeframes that [they] must follow," and "Provincial Laboratory Testing that [they] MUST comply with."
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