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Storm causes boil water advisory in Spiritwood, Sask.

A storm on Sunday cut off power to the town of Spiritwood's water treatment plant, prompting a precautionary boil water advisory.

Power outage caused by storm leads to precautionary advisory

The town of Spiritwood is under a boil water advisory while samples from its water treatment facility are being tested. (Devin Heroux/CBC)

In the midst of memorial events for two officers killed on duty 10 years ago, the town of Spiritwood, Sask., is also under a precautionary boil water advisory.

A storm on Sunday cut off power to the town's water treatment plant, prompting the water restriction. 

The advisory is in place as a precautionary measure in case bacteria developed during the outage, said the town's assistant chief administrative officer, Amanda Peters.

People are being advised to boil drinking water for at least one minute, and also boil any water used for brushing teeth or cleaning food. 

Winds of more than 80 km/h took down this sign in Spiritwood, Sask., on Sunday. (Submitted by Amanda Peters)

Peters said the town is trying to get the advisory lifted as soon as possible. 

"I'm hoping to have it lifted by Friday. We've already submitted our samples to the Water Security Agency," she said. 

Residents were notified by phone and posters were put up around town with instructions on boiling water.   

The water samples need to come back clear before the advisory can be lifted. 

Peters said the advisory is not putting a stop to events happening around the town for an anniversary remembering two fallen officers who were killed by in 2006. 

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