Boil-wa­ter warn­ing lifted

Mayor Brian Bow­man gives the go- ahead to con­sume, chugs glass of wa­ter at press con­fer­ence

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - FRONT PAGE -

Win­nipeg’s 700,000 res­i­dents are again free to drink their tap wa­ter.

“The prov­ince’s med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health has no­ti­fied us that they’ve lifted the pre­cau­tion­ary boil-wa­ter ad­vi­sory for the city of Win­nipeg,” Mayor Brian Bow­man said Thurs­day.

Bow­man said a sec­ond batch of tests on the city’s wa­ter sup­ply came back free of harm­ful bac­te­ria and met all health-and-safety guide­lines.

He said cit­i­zens no longer need to take spe­cial pre­cau­tions.

“Our city’s drink­ing wa­ter re­mains safe to drink, pre­pare food and bev­er­ages, along with all hy­giene pur­poses,” he said, be­fore chug­ging a glass of wa­ter he brought to the press con­fer­ence.

“I’d like to thank all Win­nipeg­gers for their pa­tience over the last two days.”

Ef­forts now turn to fig­ur­ing out why there were pos­i­tive re­sults for co­l­iform and E. coli in the first place, said Diane Sacher, the city’s waste and wa­ter direc­tor.

“We do not know what has led to this,” she said. “Now that we’ve got the all-clear ... we’re go­ing to be shift­ing our fo­cus to find out what hap­pened, why we did have those pos­i­tive test re­sults.

“That’s ob­vi­ously go­ing to be a high pri­or­ity for us now.”

An ad­vi­sory had been put in place Tues­day af­ter harm­ful bac­te­ria showed up in ex­tremely low lev­els in six of 39 wa­ter sam­ples taken dur­ing rou­tine testing.

Busi­nesses and res­i­dents had been told that their tap wa­ter was safe for bathing and laun­dry but were ad­vised to boil it for at least a minute be­fore drink­ing it.

Win­nipeg­gers re­sponded by emp­ty­ing store shelves of bot­tled wa­ter.

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