UPDATE: The boil water advisory for the Town of Beaverlodge has been lifted. Residents can now use their tap water without boiling it, but they should flush their lines first by running them for at least five minutes – longer if you live in an apartment or condo.
The town says it was faulty equipment at the water treatment plant that caused partially treated water to get into the clear water storage. The advisory was issued last Tuesday, December 13th and all testing since found that the water met or exceeded provincial standards. The plant will continue to be monitored 24/7, which is common practice.
A boil water advisory is still in effect for Beaverlodge. The town says the flushing of its water distribution system went well, and they’re now waiting on the results of final samples. Then it will be up to Alberta Health Services to decide if the water is safe again.
Until then, residents should continue to boil water before drinking, cooking, brushing their teeth of giving it to their pets. 24 packs of water bottles will continue to be handed out from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town hall until further notice.