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Thousands in Saskatoon under drinking water advisory

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WATCH ABOVE: Saskatoon's northeast neighbourhoods are under a drinking water advisory after the primary water main was damaged. Joel Senick reports. – Jun 27, 2016

Thousands of people in six Saskatoon neighbourhoods are under a boil water advisory after a primary water main was damaged Monday morning.

Officials say the damage was caused by a contractor, working on a private land development project, puncturing a 42-inch primary water main.

This resulted in significant depressurization in neighbourhoods on the east side of the river, north of College Drive and east of Central Ave.

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The six neighbourhoods affected are: Arbour Creek, Erindale, Evergreen, Forest Grove, University Heights S.C. and Willowgrove.

As a precaution, a drinking water advisory (DWA) has been issued. Until further notice, all affected neighbourhoods should boil water before consumption.

WATCH BELOW: Dealing with Saskatoon’s boil water advisory

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Dealing with Saskatoon’s boil water advisory – Jun 28, 2016

The city says a plan has been developed to provide water for the neighbourhoods affected by the advisory.

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Starting Tuesday morning, large water jugs can be filled at Fire Hall No. 9 located on Attridge Drive. Additional water filling stations are expected to be finalized on Tuesday.

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Those under the advisory can also use shower facilities at the nearest leisure centre provided proof of address is provided in the form of a driver’s license or utility bill.

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The break was isolated at 1:15 p.m. CT and water service and pressure is currently returning to normal.

Currently, city staff are conducting water quality tests while Saskatoon Water performs computer modelling to determine the extent of the area affected.

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The DWA is expected to remain in place until at least Thursday.

NotifyNow will be used to advise customers when the DWA has been lifted.