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Update: Boil Water Advisory on track to be lifted before September

(Fort McMurray, AB – May 08, 2020) –The RMWB and Associated Engineering continue to make progress on a multi-phase plan to flush, disinfect, and test water in the Water Treatment Plant and the 375-kilometer potable water distribution system. Given the progress on the plan to date, a shortened timeline on the lifting of boil water advisory is anticipated.

“Our staff, engineering consultants, and the two provincial departments have collaborated closely to refine the plan, and we look forward to the boil water advisory being lifted before September,” says Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Matthew Hough.

The Boil Water Advisory remains in place for all neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray, Anzac, Draper, Gregoire Lake Estates, and Saprae Creek Estates, but Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the RMWB have developed a plan to lift boil water advisories in phases throughout the system.

Alberta Environment and Parks has accepted a Water System Recovery Plan with specific regulatory and testing conditions and continues to work closely with the RMWB on the details and sequencing of the plan.

Work is underway to flush, disinfect, and test the Water Treatment Plant. This first phase of the plan is expected to be completed by next week, allowing the potable water truck-fill station to reopen. Restoring potable water to the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre is a priority and is expected to be completed soon.

Updates will be shared as the different phases continue, and the boil water advisory will be lifted as each phase is completed.

For general information about how to use water safely during a boil water advisory, please visit albertahealthservices.ca or call Health Link at 8-1-1.

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