Town of Crossfield issues boil water advisory for residents

A southern Alberta town is asking residents to boil their water until it can be deemed safe.

The advisory is in place until further notice

Crossfield, Alta., has issued a boil water advisory. (David Donnelly/CBC)

A southern Alberta town is asking residents to boil their water until it can be deemed safe.

"An incident has happened to the Town of Crossfield drinking water supply and it is unknown if the town drinking water is safe to drink," read an advisory issued by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"Everyone who receives their drinking water from Town of Crossfield water supply must boil their water until further notice."

The town said water needs to brought to a rolling boil for a full minute before using it for any of the following reasons:

  • Drinking.
  • Making infant formula or juice.
  • Brushing teeth.
  • Preparing food.
  • Making ice.

According to a spokesperson with AHS, the waterworks system depressurized for approximately 10 minutes, leading to the safety of the water supply being put at risk.

"[AHS Environmental Public Health] will work with the water treatment plant operator and Alberta Environment and Parks to develop a flushing and monitoring plan in order to rescind the advisory," reads a statement from AHS.

Crossfield is located roughly 40 kilometres north of Calgary.


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