Boil water advisory issued for West Hawk Lake

When Paul Reichert arrived at his home in West Hawk Lake Saturday night, he was surprised to find a note stuck to his door with duct tape warning him not to drink his water without boiling it first.

“It laid out how long to boil the water and for children not to drink it and to be very careful when you have a shower,” Reichert said, adding he has been living in the area for the past 66 years and can’t remember the last time such an advisory was issued.

Samples taken from the West Hawk Lake regional water supply Thursday tested positive for Total Coliform bacteria, prompting the Manitoba government to issue a precautionary boil water advisory for the eastern Manitoba community Saturday.

Total Coliform represents a group of bacteria that includes Escherichia coli (E .coli) and other forms of naturally occurring Coliform bacteria that are found in soil. Read more