A precautionary drinking water advisory (PDWA) has been placed on an area of the RM of Prince Albert near MacDowall along Highway 11.
The PDWA took effect on Thursday at 4 p.m. and will apply throughout the affected part of the Prince Albert Rural Water Utilities distribution system, which stretches from 8.8 kilometres south of MacDowall to 12.6 kilometres north of MacDowall.
Water Security Agency protocol states that a PDWA must be issued in the event that a water system fails to maintain adequate minimum pressure and will last until the affected areas have proven safe for human consumption.
In the case of the MacDowall area, environment project officer Rahul Hampaul cited depressurization as a result of maintenance activity for the issuing of the advisory.
“From our perspective, what we were told (was that) as the maintenance was going on, the system depressurization happened and it happened in that certain area,” Hampaul said.
“So it was not in the entirety of the system, but in that particular zone or area as described in the PDWA.”
In light of the PDWA, affected residents should boil all water used for drinking purposes for at least one minute prior to use -- as well as water used for other activities where it may be ingested, such as brushing teeth, washing food or making ice cubes.
The water should not be used for washing dishes unless it has been boiled or sanitized in a bleach water solution (approximately 10 millilitres of bleach per litre of water) for at least two minutes after being washed.
If we get the results back on Monday from the lab, everything should be good and we should be able to rescind that. Rahul Hampaul
Residents are advised not to drink water from public drinking fountains. They should make sure that younger children and infants are sponge bathed and consult with a physician if they have cuts or rashes that are severe before using the water.
Water used for other household purposes need not be boiled in most circumstances.
Adults, teenagers and older children may shower or bathe using tap water but must not swallow it. Laundry may also be washed in tap water.
Hampaul estimated that 100 service connections throughout the area would be impacted by the PDWA.
A facility manager informed him on Thursday evening that maintenance had wrapped and that workers would soon be flushing the line.
“As a part of the BWA (boil water advisory), they will have to collect two samples which are described in a consecutive two days in a 24-hour difference,” Hampaul said.
“Hopefully, if everything goes well, we will have them submitted over the weekend and if we get the results back on Monday from the lab, everything should be good and we should be able to rescind that.”