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News Online: Boil water advisory lifted in Fort Saskatchewan

Published online at CTVEdmonton.ca on May 13, 2012.


Linda Hoang, CTV Edmonton: Sunday, May 13, 2012

Boil water advisory lifted in Fort Saskatchewan

A boil water advisory for the city of Fort Saskatchewan was lifted Sunday night.

The advisory was issued Saturday after a reservoir failure left the city of nearly 20,000 people without water for an hour.

The failure created an opportunity for a contaminant to enter into the system, though the city says there is no indication of the water being contaminated.

As a safety precaution, Alberta Health Services issued the advisory until water samples could be tested.

Just after 5:00 p.m. Sunday, officials confirmed that results from water quality tests showed water in the area was safe to consume.

In a release Sunday, Mayor Gale Katchur explained why the city’s siren system was not used to notify residents of the advisory.

“The siren is only used when a shelter in place emergency occurs. If we use it for everything, it will not be effective when we need it for a shelter in place emergency, which this clearly was not,” Katchur said.

Grant Schaffer, the city of Fort Saskatchewan’s public works director, said a failure in the control panels caused a loss of power in the reservoir, shutting down the electric pumps.

Click here to read the article on the CTV Edmonton website.

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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