June 16, 2016
FORT McMURRAY - Alberta Health Services (AHS) has confirmed that water quality has been restored to a safe level to water system users in the Thickwood, Wood Buffalo, Dickinsfield, Timberlea, Stone Creek and Parsons Creek North areas of Fort McMurray.
As such, the boil water advisory has been lifted, effective immediately, for the areas of Thickwood, Wood Buffalo, Dickinsfield, Timberlea, Stone Creek and Parsons Creek North.
These areas are described as the region north and west of the Athabasca River and include all areas south of Highway 686 to the Athabasca River which also includes the bulk water station located at 820 Memorial Drive. Please refer to the map for additional clarification: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/wf/eph/wf-eph-bwa-thick-map.pdf
The boil water advisory was lifted for the Grayling Terrace area on June 10th. This area includes the following streets: Grayling Crescent, Gilbert Place, Graham Place, Gardiner Place, Goodwin Place, Gipsy Place, Garson Place. Please refer to the map for additional clarification: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/wf/eph/wf-eph-grayling-boil-map.pdf.
The boil water advisory was lifted for the Lower Townsite Area on June 4th. The Lower Townsite Area is described as the area north of the Hangingstone River, west of the Clearwater River, east of Memorial Drive up to Confederation Bridge, and includes MacDonald Island. Please refer to the map for additional clarification: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/wf/eph/wf-eh-map-boil-water-advisory-lift-lower-townsite.pdf.
All water system users in the areas of Thickwood, Wood Buffalo, Dickinsfield, Timberlea, Stone Creek and Parsons Creek North are advised to follow the proper flushing procedures outlined in the Boil Water Advisory Information for Fort McMurray Residents document (dated June 15, 2016) available online at www.ahs.ca/wildfire. Water system users in the Grayling Terrace and Lower Townsite areas who have already done this do not need to do so again.
The Boil Water Order remains in effect for the remainder of the municipal distribution system including the areas of: Abasand, Beacon Hill, Waterways, Gregoire, Mackenzie Park, Prairie Creek, Saline Creek, Saprae Creek, Gregoire Lake Provincial Park, Gregoire Lake Estates, Anzac truckfill and community hall and any other municipally connected plumbing systems not mentioned in the boil water advisory lift areas.
All precautions outlined in the Boil Water Advisory issued May 18, 2016, must still be followed in these areas, until further notice. Additionally, users in areas still under the Boil Water Order are required to flush their water systems, before drawing water to boil.
Please note: the boil water advisory will continue to be lifted in phases. AHS will issue updates to this advisory as water quality is confirmed as safe in additional areas. All individuals in or returning to the Fort McMurray area are encouraged to find the most current boil water advisory information online at www.ahs.ca/wildfire. Guidance documents are also available at www.ahs.ca/ephwildfire.
Individuals uncertain whether the boil water advisory remains in effect in their area can view the boil water advisory map(s) available at www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/wf/eph/wf-eh-map-boil-water-advisory-areas-lift.pdf.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.
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