Water advisory lifted Citizens free to use tap water
The precautionary drinking water advisory (PDWA) has been lifted for residents in South Hill, as of Monday afternoon.
The Water Security Agency (WSA) conducted a lab test reporting their results to the city on Monday.
According to a city news release, the WSA said they were satisfied with the negative bacteriological sampling and adequate chlorine residuals from samples that have been collected from the water distribution system following the repair of a watermain that supplies the affected area of South Hill.
The PDWA was invoked on Friday evening, following a watermain break on 12th Avenue Southwest between Coteau Street and Lillooet Street near the South Hill reservoir.
The PDWA was in place for all residents from 5th Avenue Southwest and Lillooet Street, west to city limits.
The break was significant enough that south and west portions of South Hill may have been affected.
It took down a significant amount of the city. It depressurized all those mains on all those blocks and water security practice for us is to issue that boil water notice for a minimum of 48 hours... Darrin Stephansin, Municipal Operations Manager, City of Moose Jaw
“It took down a significant amount of the city. It depressurized all those mains on all those blocks and water security practice for us is to issue that boil water notice for a minimum of 48 hours to allow us to get at least two samples,” said Darrin Stephanson, municipal operations manager for the City of Moose Jaw.
Stephanson said the reservoirs themselves are old and long overdue for replacement and said the city was lucky to avoid a major problem.
The PDWA was inconvenient for resident Riley Legare and her pets as she had to make adjustments.
“You can’t do anything without boiling the water. You can’t give the animals water without boiling (it),” said Legare. “You can’t do dishes without sanitizing them. It’s a little rough.”
Legare said she drinks bottled water but gives her house pets tap water.
She had to resort to spending extra money on bottled water just in case.
“I’m giving them bottled water now which is expensive but I’m not going to sit here and (give them) bottle water all day,” Legare said.
Other residents didn’t feel the impact of the PDWA. Another citizen in the neighbourhood, Matthew Gusa, said he only drinks Culligan bottled water. He said he always had, as it’s safer and cleaner for him.
Another citizen in the area, Larry Poitras said the water advisory didn’t change much for him.
“We don’t drink water from the tap. We have bottled water that we buy from the store,” Poitras said.
For laundry and dishes, he said it wasn’t a problem at all as he always uses hot water.
“If we make coffee, we always used bottled water,” he said.
City employees worked over the weekend fix the watermain break.