Boil water notice in effect for Halifax, surrounding areas

The advisory comes as Calgary continues to deal with its own water usage advisory, as well as some areas in and around Quebec City.

Boil water notice in effect for Halifax, surrounding areas
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A boil-water advisory lasting for at least 24 to 48 hours was announced yesterday in Halifax, Bedford, Spryfield, Timberlea, Hammonds Plains, Beaver Bank, Middle and Lower Sackville, Windsor Junction, Herring Cove and parts of Fall River.

It is being recommended that people boil water for at least one minute if they are consuming it or using it to prepare food.

Halifax Water said that just filtering the water is not sufficient and that water should be boiled for:

- Drinking

- Preparing infant formula

- Making ice cubes or juices

- Washing fruits or vegetables

- Cooking

- Brushing teeth

- Any other activity requiring human consumption

Jeff Myrick, the communications manager for the utility, explained that a power outage at the JD Kline (Pockwock) Lake Water Treatment Facility resulted in some unchlorinated water entering the system.

"Most water is chlorinated as it’s treated; unfortunately, because of this power bump, it caused the chlorinator to leave the water untreated for a period of time," he stated to CBC on Monday evening.

Myrick mentioned that the utility is investigating why the backup power system failed to ensure continued chlorination.

The Pockwock facility, located in Upper Hammonds Plains, serves 201,000 people in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Myrick noted that the advisory will remain in effect until the issue is resolved.

"We're tracking the course of where this is going, so we can actually add it to treated water, or flush it out of the system all together," he said. "I expect it will take at least 24 to 48 hours."

Dartmouth residents receive water from a different water treatment facility and are not affected by the boil order.

The incident comes as Calgary continues to deal with its own water usage advisory, as well as some areas in and around Quebec City.

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