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Water Today Title October 30, 2020

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On May 17 the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency issued a Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory (PDWA) for the city of Meadow Lake and Flying Dust First Nation. The advisory affects all residents in the two communities.

The source of the advisory is the high turbidity level from the water coming from Meadow River that can potentially interfere with the bacterial treatment process of the water.

"The water plant is unable to meet Water Security Agency's regulatory levels of turbidity. At this time bacteria is not an issue," said Tracy Wolfe, waterworks manager at the City Meadow Lake.

The water treatment plant uses a process consisting of an actiflo clarifier, gravity filters and chlorine disinfection. Since November last year the plant had difficulties processing the water from the river, but was able to meet the Water Security Agency's criteria.

"It has been the raw water quality that has been hard to treat," explained Wolfe about the water source issue since November. "This is the only PDWA issued due to the quality of the water leaving the plant."

The city of Meadow Lake has not identified the reason of the deterioration of the raw water quality but it estimates that it may take a few weeks before the Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory is lifted. "We have to meet and follow all of Water Security Agency's requirements to remove it," said Morgan.

Meanwhile all residents and businesses in Meadow Lake and Flying Dust First Nation are advised to boil their tap water for at least one minute before drinking it.

Once the advisory is lifted a notice will be delivered to residents. The notice will also be communicated via the city's website, social media platforms and mobile phone application.


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