North Battleford, Sask. lifts business water restrictions following oil spill
Water restrictions put in place for businesses in North Battleford, Sask., have been lifted over a month after the Husky oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River.
The restrictions were put in place after the city shut down water intakes on the river following the spill from a pipeline near Maidstone on July 21.
However, outdoor watering restrictions remain in place for households, although city officials said it is only a matter of days before those are lifted.
Two of the four new wells at the water treatment plant are now connected to the water system and parts are on order to connect the remaining two wells.
“Once the parts arrive, it will take roughly 24 hours to set everything up,” explained Stewart Schafer, the city’s director of operations.
“We will then be able to lift the restrictions for households within the city.”
Officials also said the water crane for bulk water sales is also operating again.
The water intakes on the North Saskatchewan River will remain closed until the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency confirms water from the river is safe to be drawn.
The city is also getting water from the town of Battleford through a temporary pipeline.
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