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A clean and safe water supply is one of the top priorities of the citizens of Yorkton. We take pride in the quality of our water supply, and are committed to ensuring all precautions are
taken to keep our citizens safe when work or construction is occurring on the water supply
system. Water outage service alerts are now posted here.
Drinking Water Advisories (DWA)
A yellow DWA Advisory - Door Hanger notice informs residents of work that is being conducted
on the water supply system in the area. The yellow DWA indicates that residents affected
should use caution when using the water supply.
As a precaution, the City is advising residents affected to boil water for any activity where water
may be ingested until the work is completed, and laboratory tests confirm the water is safe to
The yellow door hanger includes information and instructions about boiling water, what to
expect, and includes contact information if citizens have questions. Once all laboratory tests are
complete, city staff will deliver a green DWA Lifted Notice – Door Hanger to inform residents
that the water is safe to drink, after citizens follow the outlined instructions.
What To Do If You Receive A DWA
If a DWA has been delivered to your home or business, it means that the City is conducting
work on the water supply system in your area. While the water supply will be shut off for a
period of time, it could be turned back on within a few hours. It is important however, that
until the City confirms the water is safe for consumption by delivering a green DWA Lifted
Notice to your home or business, you are advised to boil your water prior to drinking or
undertaking any activity where water could be ingested.
The City will inform you when this Drinking Water Advisory ends. During this time, the City will
be monitoring samples to ensure a high water quality is maintained. This is a localized problem,
and only households and businesses in the affected area will receive this notice.
When lab tests are received back to the City and are negative (indicate no contamination is
present), City staff will deliver a green DWA Lifted Notice to inform you that the water is safe
Keeping Our Water Supply Safe
When the City of Yorkton is conducting any repairs or completing a planned project on the
water supply system, it is possible for the system to become contaminated by its surroundings
such as soil or other potential contaminants. The following steps are always taken to ensure
- The water supply is shut off in the affected area
- The affected parts of the water supply system are de-pressurized and isolated using
valves that prevent water from moving through the water supply system. However, during this work, it is possible for the system to become contaminated by its surroundings such as soil or other potential contaminants.
- When the work or repair is completed, the system is re-pressurized and completely flushed past the point of construction and out through the hydrant.
- City staff then collect chlorine and bacteriological samples. These water samples are
drawn into sterile containers and delivered to an accredited laboratory where water
quality testing occurs.
- The Lab provides the results back to the City to confirm the work meets safe drinking water requirements. It can take up to a minimum 72 hours to receive the results.
- At any point should there be a positive bacteriological result, the affected area will be re-flushed, re-sampled and re-tested.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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