Water restrictions lifted in Prince Albert, Sask. after North Sask. River oil spill
All water restrictions have been lifted from residential households in Prince Albert after a large amount of oil leached into the North Saskatchewan River last month.
The Husky Energy oil spill led to the city urging for water conservation from businesses and residents while alternative water solutions were sought.
On Wednesday, officials announced they are confident that Prince Albert now has ample water to supply the city via two temporary water pipelines that have been producing sufficient flow.
“To build two temporary water pipelines in such a short time span and the efforts by city staff and contractors in maintaining these pipelines – from running security to ensuring that all the pumps running along the entire length of the two pipelines are fully operational – is no small feat,” said Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne.
There are no longer restrictions on city residents using water for activities like washing vehicles, watering lawns or filling swimming pools.
Earlier this month, water restrictions on businesses were lifted by the city.
“Now that the initial emergency has past city council is working with city administration to come up with viable, long-term solutions,” Dionne said.
A Husky Energy pipeline broke upstream near Maidstone, Sask., resulting in an estimated 250,000 litres of oil being released. The spill forced Prince Albert, along with other communities along the river, to close its water treatment plant intake from the river.
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