Drinking water safe to consume in Nolan Hill, Sage Hill and Kincora neighbourhoods
Calgary Boil Water Advisory lifted and city now begins investigation into source of turbidity
Alberta Health Services has lifted the boil water advisory for the three remaining northwest Calgary communities including Nolan Hill, Sage Hill and Kincora.
Extensive testing has been completed and has shown that the water quality meets the standards set in the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines. The water is safe to consume and use as normal.
People living in the affected areas along with businesses should flush the pipe system within homes and businesses by running each cold tap in the home or business for five minutes. Also, be sure to wash tap aerators and screens in hot soapy water then disinfect them for ten minutes in a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water. Disinfect any water filters according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
The boil water advisory has been in effect since last Thursday and was put in place as a response to the high amount of sediment discovered in the water system.
Originally there were six Calgary neighbourhoods that were affected by the boil water advisory.
Within hours of beginning the investigation into the poor water quality, Water Services was able to determine the location where the sediment entered the water distribution system. The area was isolated so that no further sediment could enter the system.
“Our primary focus during this entire incident was to protect public health,” says Dan Limacher, Director Water Services. “Until we could determine we had the system flushed and water quality was restored, we took no chances and put the boil water advisory into place.”
Now that water quality has been restored, The City’s focus will shift to investigating the cause of the turbidity.
“This investigation will be comprehensive and involve extensive inspection of the underground reservoir and feeder main in the impacted area of our distribution system, says Limacher. “We anticipate that this work will take some time due to the complexity.”
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