Wainwright, Alta. declares state of local emergency due to water shortage

Alberta Emergency Alert logo. Credit: Alberta Emergency Alert

The town of Wainwright declared a state of local emergency Friday because of reduced reservoir levels.

Residents of the east-central Alberta town were asked to limit their water use Thursday as crews investigate a “disruption in the supply of water” to the town reservoir.

An Alberta Emergency Alert was issued at around 9 a.m. Thursday morning to make residents aware of the situation. Officials said the water currently available to residents is still safe to consume.

“Crews have located the problem and repair efforts are taking place,” the province explained in an updated alert Friday. “Current reservoir levels are low. Efforts are underway to replenish reservoir levels, but until repairs are complete it is anticipated that these efforts may only hold us at current levels.

“Residents are to reduce use to absolute necessary levels.”

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“Please limit water use to basic needs only to help maintain reservoir levels,” a statement on the Town’s website read. “Follow the directions of local authorities. Take all necessary precautions. Updates will follow as the situation unfolds.”

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