The boil water advisory issued for the Village of Alix has been lifted.
The notice was issued after the water in the municipality was shut off on May 10 due to a leak in the waterline.
Water service was restored later that evening, after officials reported the break was discovered near the old fire hall.
The advisory was lifted on Saturday, May 12 after samples confirmed the water was safe to consume.
“When they shut off the water line there is a chance the water has become contaminated,” said Dr. Digby Horne, Zone Medical Officer of Health.
“When the line is flushed and re-chlorinated, test samples are sent off to look for the two types of bacteria we test for.
These tests came back negative for e-coli and thermotolerant chloroforms. The thermotolerant chloroforms and e-coli are indicators that the water might be contaminated with fecal material, so if they are negative that puts that concern to rest.”
Water trucks with potable water were brought in to Alix from Red Deer so that people could fill up. Several porta-potties and wash stations were also set up in the community while the water service was disconnected.
“We hand delivered notices to the residents about the water issue and the boil water advisory, and we just wanted to express our thanks for everyone understanding the situation,” said Tanya Meston, Director of Corporate Services.
More information on what to do during a boil water advisory can be found at: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/wf/eph/wf-eph-boil-water-advisory-water-home-safety.pdf
Albertans can also call Health Link Alberta, toll-free, at 811 for health advice and information, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.