Boil water advisory in effect for Carman residents
The Town of Carman has been under a boil water advisory for three days — and officials aren’t any closer to figuring out what the cause is.
On Tuesday, the Drinking Water Officer from the Province of Manitoba issued the advisory due to the turbidity or cloudiness in the water, which is caused by invisible particles.
Though bacteria has been ruled out as a cause, the province still suggests advisory guidelines are closely followed.
Joe Richardson, superintendent of the Town of Carman, said despite the water passing many other tests, the high turbidity level remains and so do questions.
“That’s what frustrates us… If everything’s good, why is it doing this?” Richardson said. “That’s what we have to figure it out.”
For McGee’s Family Restaurant, it’s adding some extra work to their plates.
“We can’t run water through the taps, for pitchers of water, coffee, hot chocolate machines,” server Autumn Gansekoele said. “It is a little annoying, but we’ll do what we can to accommodate the problem.
Justin Major, grocery manger of the Carman Co-op store said bottled water was flying off the shelves when the advisory occurred.
“We had quite a lineup at the front door and that’s the first thing people were coming for was water,” Major said. “It got a little hectic off the start.”
Richardson said they are working around the clock to solve the issue and said they hope to have things figured out in the next 10 days, but admits it could last longer.
Until further notice, all water used for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute before it’s used for:
- Drinking and ice making
- Preparing food, including washing fruits and vegetables
- Brushing teeth
The notice says that using tap water for household chores such laundry or dish washing is still safe.
The Town of Carman is actively looking into the matter and will continue to update residents as necessary.
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