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Advisories in place in Saskatchewan community after brown tap water reported

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 5:08 PM - Some residents of Birch Hills, Saskatchewan say they're upset with how officials are handling the community's water crisis.

Brown tap water was first reported in early July. It's believed to have been caused by a large algae bloom combined with a pipe problem that has since been fixed.

But earlier this week, a precautionary drinking water advisory was issued, with people being instructed to boil all water prior to consumption.

Now many residents are expressing frustration over a lack of communication from the government.

Amanda Murphy told the Canadian Press that her husband Patrick tried contacting municipal officials for an update on the situation.

"The response is they don't know what's going on," she said.


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Birch Hills mayor Shirley Ulvid says she met with the Water Security Agency this week.

“We have to do our best, and that’s what we’re doing,”  Ulvid told the Canadian Press.

“To give information you’re not sure of isn’t the right thing to do. So, you know, the ones that we talked to, on the phones and on the street, we gave them what we knew. And we know more today, having met with the Water Security [Agency] yesterday.”

Ulvid would says she will not speculate on when the water advisory will be lifted.

With files from the Canadian Press

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