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An Emergency Boil Water Order (EBWO) was issued on Tuesday for 20 houses and an apartment building in Saskatoon's Westmount neighbourhood.

According to Russ Munro, the city's Director of Water and Waste Stream, a positive test for total coliforms occurred while performing construction.

"There are some older cast iron pipes that are being lined to extend their service life," said Munro, "During that process some contamination entered the distribution system in some way. To be clear we don't think it entered these homes, what we have here is a positive test from a fire hydrant."

Munro said that tests performed on the homes, a nearby school and a Saskatoon Housing Authority apartment building with 68 units on Leif Erickson Place, came back negative for the contamination previously found on the fire hydrant.

As a precautionary measure, the EBWO was issued after consulting with the province and the local health region. Following that, city workers knocked door by door, delivering red notices to the affected and answering the questions of those with concerns.

The system connected to the hydrant in question was flushed, chlorinated and tested, while the hydrant itself was replaced.

Additional samples have been taken and Munro is hoping that the lab work on them will be completed by tomorrow, at which point the EBWO will be lifted.

While the city provides water trucks when there is complete water shut off, Munro said that the same service isn't offered when boiling water will suffice.

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