Town of Smithers issues a Water Quality Advisory, urges infant formula not be mixed with town water. (File photo)

Update: Town clarifies water advisory, water safe except for infants

Use an alternate source of water to mix infant formula, all other uses OK, Town advises

Smithers council clarified the Town’s recent post on a water advisory issued in Smithers, at their April 12 meeting.

Mayor Gladys Atrill clarified that the water in Smithers has not changed, the regulations have.

“It is the same water I grew up on, and everyone has been drinking all along, the regulations are ever-changing, requiring us to issue the advisory” Atrill commented during council.

The Town of Smithers issued a Water Quality Advisory (WQA) due to manganese detected in the Town’s water supply on April 5.

It is still recommended that residents do not use town water to mix infant formula.

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“A WQA is used in situations where the public health threat is modest, and actions can be taken to reduce the risks by ways other than a ‘boil water notice’ or ‘do not use water’ notice,” an advisory issued by the town reads.

“Manganese in the water supply has been measured at levels up to 0.18 mg/L, which slightly exceeds Health Canada’s Maximum Acceptable Concentration (MAC) of 0.12 mg/L.,” the press release continued.

Manganese is an essential element, (or nutrient), for all living organisms and is present in various kinds of foods as well as some drinking water sources; consuming a small amount of manganese from food or water is needed to stay healthy.

Out of an abundance of caution, Northern Health would like water users in the town of Smithers to use an alternate source of water for infant formula, but the water can be used for all other purposes.

“The Town is actively working with Northern Health to develop strategies to reduce the concentration of manganese within the distribution system, and will further advise the public, when the levels are reduced,” Atrill said.

Residents with questions are advised to contact the Town of Smithers.

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