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UPDATE: Boil Water Advisory lifted for all of Fort McMurray

PHOTO. The Athabasca Water Treatment plant pictured in September 2012.

The RMWB announced the lifting of the Boil Water Advisory for all of Fort McMurray.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) lifted the advisory in Timberlea and Taiga Nova, including the business area along Highway 63.

The initial estimate for the return of potable water to the urban service area was 120 days.

Deputy CAO Matthew Hough said they completed the cleaning process for the 375-kilometre water distribution system in under 60 days.

“I would like to thank Alberta Health Services and Alberta Environment and Parks for making themselves available to us throughout this process. I would also like to thank the consultants and contractors who have been working tirelessly with our staff these last two months to make this happen. Finally, I would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding.”

Residents and business owners in Timberlea and Taiga Nova should flush all taps for five minutes.

They must also drain, clean, and disinfect cisterns, hot water heaters, and water line connections such as refrigerator ice and water dispensers.

More information on safe water cleaning is available on the AHS website.

The Municipality permanently closed the Brett Drive tennis courts to allow for work on potable water restoration.

Community members may use the tennis courts near Frank Spragins High School in Thickwood.