The Town of Swan River has declared a State of Local Emergency.
On the community’s Twitter Account, it’s “due to a collapse in the water pumping and distribution system. Residents will be out of water for an undetermined time period.”
Community officials say Town Council is being informed of what is happening, though the exact cause isn’t known yet, and is trying to figure out a solution.
On the Town of Swan River website, “Pressure in the system has been reduced and a total loss of water throughout the town is imminent. A State of Local Emergency has been declared and residents will be updated as the situation changes. It is expected the water will run out some time Sunday. There is NOT currently a boil water advisory in effect and the water is safe to drink, but a boil water advisory is expected later on today.”
Potable water is available at the Swan Valley High School Trades Building between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 28) and Monday (Jan. 29) from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Residents are asked to bring their own potable water containers. Bottled water will also be distributed at no cost at the Trades Building.
Raw water is also available at Valley Water at 1430 3rd Street South in Swan River.
Town officials encourage residents to conserve as much water as possible, in addition to using alternate water sources.
Porta potties will be available at the Swan Valley Co-op wash bay this evening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Officials recommend having a three-day water supply – 12 litres per person for 3 days (2 litres/person/day for drinking, 2 litres/person/day for cooking and sanitation).