Alberta Health announces updated boil water advisory lifted

Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways neighbourhoods still out of service

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has announced the water quality at the Fort McMurray water treatment plant has been restored to a safe level on August 17.

Authorities stated in a recent release that though the boil water advisory has been lifted for “all water system users serviced by the Fort McMurray water treatment plant,” the water mains and service connections in Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways’ neighbourhoods have not been flushed in “several heavily damaged areas.”

The release further states these particular areas are currently under review by Dr. Karen Grimsrud, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, and they are not located in the “green homes” area.

Municipal staff will continue to flush and rehabilitate these water mains and service connections, until completely restored.

To date, boil-water advisories have been lifted for rural communities south of Fort McMurray, including neighbourhoods of Gregoire, Mackenzie Park, the Lower Townsite area, Grayling Terrace, Thickwood, Wood Buffalo, Dickinsfield, Timberlea, Stone Creek and Parsons Creek North.

According to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the boil-water advisory is lifted in states because the “water distribution system is large and organized into neighbourhoods” and the areas “most impacted by the fire” will remain in effect for a longer time.

For more information, including flushing procedures after a boil water advisory is lifted, go to rmwb.ca/boil.

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