Initial water results suggest water safe to drink

By paNOW Staff
August 15, 2016 - 10:54am Updated: August 15, 2016 - 3:04pm

There are some fresh answers today regarding the impact of the Husky Oil spill.

The Water Security Agency (WSA) has released the first results of its ongoing water quality testing on the North Saskatchewan River and Saskatchewan River systems.

The results show no exceedances of the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines or the provincial drinking water standards.

However, exceedances were found relative to the Canadian Protection of Aquatic Life Guidelines. One sample had an exceedance of the toluene hydrocarbon, and one sample had an exceedance of the pyrene chemical.

Despite the test results, no decisions have been made yet when the water intakes for Prince Albert and North Battleford will re-open.

A water safety assessment will now be done to further evaluate water quality. Specifically, the WSA has requested further data from Husky and other agencies involved specific to drinking water quality.

The WSA said the main question which must be answered is where the remaining oil, which has not evaporated, degraded or already been captured, is along the river.

They also wants to know what short-term and long-term monitoring programs will be required.

A provincial press conference will be held at 11a.m.  

paNOW will have more on this story throughout the day.


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