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The City of Moosejaw, Saskatchewan was put on a boil water advisory over the weekend due to infrastructure issues with their water system.

A burst water main on Friday near the water reservoir on South Hill lead to some necessary emergency repairs and an advisory being issued for residents and businesses in the entire south hill area from 5th Avenue and Lillooet St. West to the city limits.

City officials from the engineering department said that a combination of 2482 residences and businesses were affected by the advisory.

"Our crews are really, really quick," said Craig Hemingway, Communications Manager for the city on a phone interview on Monday afternoon, "They had it pretty much repaired Friday night, so it was just a matter of doing the testing of the water. The labs opened yesterday, so we're looking to get our results back within minutes."

Hemingway said that they did receive verbal confirmation that the customary second test came back negative for contaminants but the city was still waiting for written confirmation before officially rescinding the advisory.

Since speaking with Hemingway, he was able to confirm that the advisory has been officially lifted.

He had mentioned that bursting pipes are becoming somewhat of a common occurrence for the city's crews.

"We've got a lot of decades old infrastructure under our city street," Hemingway said, "In fact, our crews have been busy with 84 water main breaks this year."

In order to make the public aware, Hemingway said that municipal operations teams had the situation locked down within a half hour.

We spread the word through local media, social media, billboard signs, and we hand delivered messages to local businesses and a care home," he said.

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