Lifting of the boil water advisory which targeted Saint-Athanase and Sabrevois

By Stephanie MacFarlane

The boil water advisory that had been in effect since Monday afternoon in a portion of the Saint-Athanase south sector, as well as in Sainte-Anne-de-Sabrevois, has just been lifted. The City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu made the announcement on Wednesday, October 26. These residents therefore no longer have to boil their water one minute before consuming it.

On Monday, a preventive boil water advisory had to be issued following a break in the main aqueduct line. The incident occurred at the corner of Bellerive and Fillion streets, in Saint-Athanase sud. Citizens residing in the sector bounded by Fillion streets to the north and Joseph-Albert-Morin to the south had to boil their water. In Sabrevois, the preventive boil water advisory concerned all citizens supplied with drinking water by the aqueduct network.

Government standards state that a boil water advisory can be lifted when the results of two sets of tests prove negative for the presence of coliforms in the water. These should be done at 24 hour intervals. The results received today allow it to lift the boil water advisory.

Precautions to take

Following the lifting of this boil water advisory, the citizens concerned are invited to take certain precautions. It is recommended to run water from all cold water taps for a few minutes and to purge outside taps. Those who have an ice machine must empty it, wash it and disinfect it. As for individuals who have a water treatment device, they are invited to check the measures to be taken with the manufacturer.

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