Month-long BWA lifted for Hay River-area


After a month of preventative measures, the community of Hay River, K’atl’odeeche First Nation, Enterprise, and Kakisa have officially lifted their Boil Water Advisory.

As a result, the normal use of drinking water may resume.

A public health advisory issued by the GNWT  says there have been no illnesses associated with the drinking water in the community.

“The treated water was within the acceptable standards and maintained for a week, resulting in the lift today,” says Damien Healy, department of health and social services.

“Unfortunately, we do not have control over the turbidity that is coming from the Hay River during break-up season so there is not a lot that we are able to do to lower the levels,” says Mike Auge, director of public works for the town of Hay River.

Residents and businesses are asked by the department of health and social services, to flush their water supply by doing the following:


Going forward, “Nature will determine if we need to issue again,” Healy says, regarding this recurrent seasonal problem in Hay River.

“The Town has an inspection of the water intake line scheduled to take place this fall to find out if there are any issues with that part of the infrastructure that might be contributing to the problem,” Auge says.

The GNWT has provided an informative video on how to drain and clean your water tank.

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