Lethbridge water woes improve, state of emergency ends

A state of emergency has ended in Lethbridge after officials said water reserves in the southern Alberta city are mostly restored.

Boil water order also lifted in the southern Alberta city

The state of local emergency was terminated for Lethbridge as of noon Friday and the boil water order in the area has been lifted. (iStock.com)

A state of emergency has ended in Lethbridge after officials said water reserves in the southern Alberta city are mostly restored.

Officials were forced to declare a local state of emergency Wednesday morning after turbidity in the Oldman River stirred up by fast-melting snow overwhelmed the southern Alberta city’s water treatment plant.

The water is now drinkable and the boil water order is lifted.

"Water use is no longer restricted but water conservation as a general rule is good for our environment," said the city in a release.

The city credits water conservation from all residents and businesses and the efforts of the water treatment plant to get the system back up to normal.

The state of emergency had been in place for Lethbridge, Picture Butte, Coaldale, Coalhurst and Lethbridge County.

The city said low reserves earlier this week brought the risk of not having enough water for fire suppression. 

"We are now able to meet the fire protection needs of all communities," said the city in a release.

The city says some may still notice a different taste or odour in the drinking water, but it is safe.

Any health-related questions can be directed to Health Link Alberta toll free at 1-866-408-5465. 

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