The problem affecting Swan River’s water supply has been identified as multiple issues in the wells providing water to the treatment plant, which has left reservoir levels critically low.
Deputy Mayor Lance Jacobson says contractors and material will be brought in to repair the wells, but there is a catch.
“The work cannot be done on these wells until the reservoir in the water treatment plant itself is full,” explained Jacobson.
He adds they are drawing water from one of the wells to the water treatment plant, since 3 a.m. Monday, to make safe potable water, but it’s producing it at a slower-than-usual pace.
Jacobson says the reservoir is expected to be full by Wednesday afternoon, but folks should still conserve water until at least Thursday.
“Once we get the reservoir full, when its safe, then the contractors will begin to do the work on those wells. That means no water, at that moment will be running into the facility, so we need to have water sitting in the reservoir, in the event where people will still be using a little bit of water.”
The town is not under a boil water advisory at this time, and emergency water distribution of free bottled water will be held until 10:00 tonight at the high school trade building.
Port-a-potties are available at the Co-Op wash bay during the same hours.