AHS Lifts Boil Water Advisory For Remaining Neighbourhoods

Alberta Health Services is lifting the boil water advisory for all remaining neighbourhoods across Fort McMurray.

This means those who live and work in Timberlea, Eagle Ridge, Stone Creek, and Taiga Nova Industrial Park can now consume their water normally.

“Our initial estimate for returning potable water to Fort McMurray was 120 days of work. We completed the process of flushing, disinfecting, and testing the 375-kilometre water distribution system in under 60 days,” said Matthew Hough, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer with the RMWB.

“I would like to thank Alberta Health Services and Alberta Environment and Parks for making themselves available to us throughout this process. I would also like to thank the consultants and contractors who have been working tirelessly with our staff these last two months to make this happen. Finally, I would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding.”

Residents are being told to flush their taps for five minutes and ensure all equipment with water line connections like refrigerator ice and water dispensers are drained, flushed, cleaned, and disinfected according to manufacturers’ recommendations.

They should also run water softeners through a regeneration cycle according to manufacturers recommendations, drain and refill hot water heaters that have been set below 45 degrees Celsius, and flush, drain, clean and disinfect cisterns.

Meanwhile, the Brett Drive tennis courts are being closed permanently to protect nearby infrastructure. The municipality says they needed to do this to complete the potable water restoration process.

Tennis players are encouraged to use the courts adjacent to Frank Spragins High School at 190 Tamarack Way in Thickwood.

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