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Updated: 14th November 2019 04:19 Calgary

Boil water advisory likely in effect until early next week

The city has issued a boil water advisory for six neighbourhoods in northwest Calgary.

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Sediment not the result of high flows on Bow and Elbow rivers, city says

The city released this map Friday of all the affected communities. (City of Calgary)

The city has issued a boil water advisory for six neighbourhoods in northwest Calgary that will likely be in effect until early next week.  

Alberta Health Services recommended the measure late Thursday after cloudiness — high turbidity — was discovered in a portion of the drinking water distribution system.

The communities affected are Nolan Hill, Sage Hill, Sherwood, Kincora, Hamptons and Hidden Valley.   

People in those areas are being told to bring water to a boil for at least a minute before using it to drink, brush teeth, clean raw food, prepare infant formulas or juices, or make ice.  

The city has identified the source of the problem and is flushing the distribution system to restore water quality as quickly as possible, officials said.

The advisory is not a result of increased flow in the Bow and Elbow Rivers, but exactly how sediment entered the system isn’t known, said Dan Limacher, the city’s director of water services.

"We know the location of where the sediment entered. We’ve isolated that," he said. "So we’ve stopped the cause of this material entering the system."


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