Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Water Intakes Closed after Oil Spill Could Reopen before Winter

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Water Intakes Closed after Oil Spill Could Reopen before Winter

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Water intakes could reopen before winter

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REGINA - The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency says cities affected by an oil spill on the North Saskatchewan River could reopen their water intakes before winter.

Agency spokesman Sam Ferris says there's no definitive timeline, but adds he's "fairly confident" most water intakes can be used again before freeze up.

The cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort had to shut off their water plant intakes after the July spill by Husky Energy(TSX:HSE) and find alternate sources.

Ferris says of the 135 water samples taken from the river by the agency, only one did not meet drinking water guidelines and 17 were too high for guidelines for aquatic life.

He says 12 sediment samples taken from the river bottom were also too high, but that's not unexpected because oil doesn't like water and goes into the sediment. …

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