Boil water advisory lifted for Great Falls

At a ceremony in July, RM of Alexander Reeve, Jack Brisco, toasts Lac du Bonnet MLA with a glass of drinking water from the newly completed Great Falls Water Treatment Plant.

By Don Norman

On September 23, the residents of Great Falls got some very good news. After receiving the go-ahead from the province, Dr. Karen Robinson Medical Officer of Health for the Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority, sent a letter advising RM of Alexander CAO, Don Dowle that the 14-year-long boil-water advisory was finally lifted.

“Drinking Water Officer, Avery Keats has advised me that the RM of Alexander water system has met all conditions for rescinding the boil water advisory and that bacteriological testing results meet regulatory standards,” Dr. Robinson said in the letter. “I am therefore rescinding the boil water advisory that was placed on the RM of Alexander water system on April 18, 2006. Please ensure all water users are notified that the advisory has been rescinded and that normal water usage can be resumed.”

The plant became operational in late June and an official opening ceremony was held on July 5. However, a battery of tests had to be completed and evaluated before the advisory could be lifted.