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Kenora officials unsure when boil-water advisory will be lifted

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Kenora residents are under a boil-water advisory, and city officials there can’t say when it will be lifted.

The city imposed a boil water order Saturday night, and today it seems clear it won’t be lifted any time soon.

"There never was a date on it," explained Heather Kasprick, the city’s deputy clerk.

It was imposed on the weekend with the understanding it was to be indefinite until an announcement is made to lift it.

Prolonged cold weather this winter means cities including Kenora can’t keep up with repairs to the water mains that break almost daily. The weather has sunk frost levels twice as deep into the frozen ground, snapping water lines and wreaking havoc with essential city services such as drinking water across western Canada.

The boil-water order gives Kenora’s city water workers a break and buys them some time as they fix the breaks.

They’ll open the valves as each main is repaired with the intent of stabilizing the system pressures and to help end the cycle of the water main breaks.

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