Updated August 18
The North Battleford Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory has been lifted. Read the City of North Battleford's news release here: http://www.cityofnb.ca/pdfs/news_861_NR%20--%20PDWA%20Lifted.pdf
Updated August 14, 2015, 9 a.m.
The City of North Battleford provided an update on the water quality issue in the late afternoon on August 13.
The City reminds residents that the Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory (PDWA) remains in effect and will continue to be in effect until further assurances and water quality testing confirms the safety of the City's drinking water supply.
The City has conducted flushing of the water treatment plant where the processing error occurred. The main waterlines from the plant have also been flushed. "Regular bacterial testing throughout the distribution system has been completed, and the results are clean showing the water to be within drinking water standards."
Water samples have also been taken to test for protozoa, and processing for those test results takes time. The City must wait for those results. In the meantime, the City continues its regular bacterial testing throughout the distribution system.
The City reminds residents to continue efforts to help conserve the water supply to ensure adequate flows for emergency situations such as fire fighting.
For more information, visit the City of North Battleford website.
A Reminder: Fact Sheets and More Information to help you manage through the PDWA are located at the bottom of this page. Please scroll down.
Updated August 12, 2015, 6:55 p.m.
The City of North Battleford provided an update on the water quality at 4 p.m. on August 12.
City Manager James Puffalt explained steps being taken by City staff to ensure the safety of the water supply: "In all likelihood, the partially treated water remained within the water treatment plant. Additionally the City has commenced flushing of the water main closest to the surface water treatment plant as an additional precaution to reduce the risk in the event water had somehow escaped the plant before the shutdown. The line being flushed is isolated to protect the distribution system. Furthermore the City has disinfected and is flushing water from the treated surface water plant reservoirs to further reduce risk. [...]
At this point it appears it will take two or three days to ensure safe drinking water through further actions and monitoring. [...]
The Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory remains in effect at this time and will remain until further assurances and water quality testing confirms the safety of the Cityís drinking water supply."
As a precaution, boil water for consumption for at least one minute. Please restrict water usage, like watering lawns. The Advisory highlights key precautions for use of North Battleford's water supply.
The City of North Battleford has provided additional information in a news release.
The enteric (gastrointestinal) outbreak on the 3rd Floor North Acute Medicine Unit of Battlefords Union Hospital predated the water treatment plantís operations failure, meaning it is not related to the precautionary drinking water advisory.