Boil water advisory is lifted

The Town of Fort Frances lifted the boil-water advisory for all residents living east of Keating Avenue, as well as water customers on Couchiching First Nation, shortly after 9 a.m. today.
Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig noted the town got word from the health unit this morning that the water samples that had been sent away for testing last week came back clean.
While the test results indicate residents were not in any harm in this instance, McCaig stressed the town was required by law to issue a boil-water advisory in cases like this.
“In the wake of the Walkerton affair, the regulations are very strict in how we run our water distribution system,” noted McCaig.
“When we have an incident, like what happened the other day [Wednesday] when we did lose pressure, this is what happens. We have to have a boil-water advisory.”
The advisory was declared shortly after noon on Wednesday when there was a loss of pressure to the system while a town crew was doing maintenance at the water tower.
This pressure loss lasted an estimated four minutes.

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