Boil-water advisory in effect in Barwick

The Northwestern Health Unit has issued a boil-water advisory for the village of Barwick after tests on water samples indicated possible contamination.
“We issued a boil-water advisory yesterday based on the weekly water sample,” Dave Coats, a public health inspector with the Northwestern Health Unit, said Thursday morning.
Recent provincial legislation enacted since the Walkerton inquiry requires municipalities to submit water samples on a regular basis.
Barwick clerk Doris Dyson said Thursday morning the problem appears to be confined to one small area of town, but the advisory applies to the entire community.
“Everybody in the village has been notified,” said Dyson, adding the advisory only applies to water for consumption.
There was no indication whatsoever of the presence of toxic chemicals or hazardous materials in the water.
Rather, Dyson said the health unit’s report indicated elevated levels of fecal coliform and total coliform, which can be safely countered by boiling the water for several minutes.
The village currently is taking samples on a daily basis and the advisory will be lifted as soon as there are two-consecutive clean ones.
“We hope to have everything back to normal by Monday,” Dyson remarked.
There was no information regarding the source of the contamination as of press time Thursday.