NORTH BATTLEFORD, Saskatchewan — Officials issued a precautionary boil water alert for residents after partially treated water flowed into a treated water reservoir of the water surface plant, according to globalnews.ca.

The facility’s water quality alarm sounded six minutes after the incident occurred, and the plant was then shut down, stated the article. Officials blame the event on an operational error.

Workers are taking precautions to ensure water doesn’t leave the plant, reported the article. They are flushing the main water close to the plant.

The city-wide precautionary drinking water advisory remains in effect until further notice. Residents have been told to boil water for at least one minute before consuming it, shared the article. People have also been warned to avoid water fountains that contain water from the public supply.

The city’s last boil water alert was in 2001 when officials found Cryptosporidium parvum in the system, noted the article. Several thousand people fell ill, but no fatalities were reported.

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