Precautionary Drinking Water Advisories (PDWAs) are required when the City’s water works crews conduct repairs, maintenance and replacement of the City’s underground water pipes. With this type of work there is a risk of soil or other contaminants entering the water supply. Although this risk is very low, regulations require that a PDWA is issued to all residents, businesses and public facilities located along that area of the water supply system.
A PDWA lets customers know that work is being conducted on the water supply system in the area, and that, as a precaution, the City is advising them to boil water for drinking and any other activities where water may be ingested until all the work is completed and bacteriological tests come back negative for any contamination.
The PDWA provides instructions on boiling water, advises customers whether the water supply will be disconnected while the work is underway, and provides contact information if customers have questions regarding the PDWA.
Once all lab tests are complete, City personnel in the field will issue a PDWA Lifted Notice to let customers know the water is safe for consumption.
Please see the links below for examples of the Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Notices:
To find out more about How to Use Water Safely During a Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory and/or a Boil Water Order, please see the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region website or call Public Health Inspection at (306) 765-6600.
A PDWA is not the same as a Boil Water Order. To find out more about the distinction between the two, please see the SaskWater
For more information about what to expect when there is a water service disruption, please see the Water Services Disruption - Frequently Asked Questions