“Several more weeks,” of boiling water

Keely Dakin
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City Manager, Robert Cotterill, says "I don't want to predict" when the boil water order can be lifted. At this point, he said, it will likely be in place "For several more weeks."
He says that the city is working to get everything flushed and returned to normal “In as timely a manner as possible.” However, he says, “There’s a number of components that have to be cleaned.” Of greatest concern are the “dead-end lines,” which can be difficult to clean properly.  At the earliest, flushing could begin “sometime next week,” says Cotterill.

City Manager, Robert Cotterill, says


It has been 18 days since the contamination of the water, says Cotterill. He confirmed once again, that there have still been “no positive test results for giardia or cryptosporidium,” in any of the 108 samples taken from patients with gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, anywhere in the area of Prince Albert.


Cotterill says that they had “a very successful weekend.” They continue working to install the fourth filter at the water treatment plant. Once it is up and running properly, the production of the plants cleaning capacity should be “Increased by another 25 per cent."


Cotterill says that a flushing program showing residents how to clean their own water heaters and piping will be made available to the public within the next few days. However, residents should not attempt to clean their pumps, water heaters or any other components until the city water is completely clean and back to normal.


Costs associated with the contamination of the city’s water are still unknown. Each water sample the city tests costs $300-$400, said Cotterill. Between Feb. 2 and Feb. 21, a total of 198 water samples have been collected.

“No positive test results for giardia or cryptosporidium.” City Manager Robert Cotterill


While Cotterill said he does not have a clear estimate of what the total cost will be, he said that he suspects it could be between $30,000-$50,000.


Residents are strongly urged to continue to follow the Boil Water Order.


For up to date and detailed information regarding the city’s tests and progress, check their website at www.citypa.ca

Geographic location: Prince Albert

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Recent comments

  • Larry Toovey
    February 25, 2012 - 17:43

    Install a Hanish bioguard filter and scale inhibitor and your problems are gone. why risk your health. visit us at www.planeth2o.ca

  • april crain
    February 22, 2012 - 22:57

    If its going to be more longer of a wait, low income seniors and low income people need help to get all this extra drinking water that is needed. Remember 8 glasses a day, plus cooking. Low income cannot afford this. When they have bad health and inmume system is low. Red Cross should be envolved...This is a crisis..

  • Disbelieving
    February 22, 2012 - 09:51

    Ok...He thinks the cost may reach $30,000 to $50,000...but htey've already done 198 water sample tests at "$300-$400". Average that to $350 a test, and you come up with $69,300 spent already! I'm guessing that should have read $300,000 to $500,000.