Fort Macleod will likely remain under a boil water order until Thursday or Friday.
The boil water order went into effect Monday night after the water treatment plant’s system depressurized for 25 minutes.
A power surge disrupted operations at the water treatment plant and a back-up generator did not kick in as planned.
Town of Fort Macleod staff are now purging the system of water that may have been contaminated by microbes.
The water will be tested each day and the boil water order lifted as soon as possible.
“It’s just a matter of time,” chief administrative officer David Connauton said. “Our guys have to flush the system out.”
When the order was issued Connauton had members of the volunteer fire department go door-to-door until midnight notifying people.
The notice was also posted on the town’s Web site and distributed through other systems.
The Alberta Health Services order requires people to bring water to a rolling boil for one minute.
Alberta Health Services issues boil water orders when microbes such as E.coli bacteria or Giardia parasites may be present in a drinking water supply.
Consuming contaminated water can make people and pets ill.
According to Alberta Health Services tap water can be used for showers, baths and laundry.
Tap water can be used for washing hands provided a soapy lather is raised for at least 20 seconds. Alberta Health Services advises using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing more than 60 per cent alcohol after drying your hands.
Boiled water should be used for brushing teeth.
For more information visit http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/EnvironmentalHealth/wf-eh-during-after-bwo.pdf.