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City of Swift Current issues precautionary drinking water advisory for south side properties

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The City of Swift Current wishes to advise property owners and residents that the Water Security Agency has issued a Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory (PDWA) to properties located south of and including Hayes Drive in Swift Current. This PDWA is effective immediately. Generally, PDWAs remain in place for 48 – 72 hours if water samples are favourable.


The impacted properties are within Zone 5 – South Zone (see map). Riverview Village Estates is the only property south of Marston Street that is also under the PDWA. All impacted properties will have notices placed on their front doors.

The PDWA was put in place as a result of depressurization of the water distribution system, and will be lifted by the Water Security Agency following the repressurization of the system and the receipt of two consecutive sets of negative samples from the City.

The City would like to remind residents that this is a precautionary advisory, and not an indication of unsafe/contaminated water. The following information outlines what you need to know about PDWAs as a resident.

Public Drinking Water Advisories are precautionary measures taken when damage/depressurization occurs to a water supply system and repairs are required. During water supply repairs there is a risk of soil or other contaminants entering the water supply.

PDWAs apply to water that may be ingested through activities such as:


Brushing teeth

Soaking dentures

Washing fruits and vegetables

Washing dishes by hand

Preparing ice cubes

Swallowing water while bathing/showering

Following repairs, water samples are taken and sent to the Provincial Lab for Water Quality Testing. There is an incubation period for water samples sent to the Provincial Lab prior to Water Quality Testing. Once Water Quality Testing is completed by the Provincial Lab, the results are returned to the City. When the water is deemed safe, the PDWA is lifted.

What to do following a Public Drinking Water Advisory:

Once the PDWA is lifted, it is important to let each tap in your home run — one at a time — for about 20 seconds, allowing trapped air in your home’s water lines to release. Should the water appear cloudy or discoloured, continue to let it run until it appears clear. This may take longer in the case of hot water.

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