Alberta Health Services has lifted the boil water advisory for the lower townsite in Fort McMurray.
AHS says that they have confirmed the water quality has returned to a safe level in the area. The lower townsite is considered the area north of the Hangingstone River, west of the Clearwater River, and East of Highway 63 up to the bridges over the Athabasca River. MacDonald Island Park is included in the advisory lift.
Users in this area are advised to run their taps on hot and cold for five minutes each to flush out the lines before consumption.
All other areas of Fort McMurray are still under a boil water advisory. On Thursday crews began flushing water supply lines in Thickwood and Timberlea in hopes to remove any bacterial content that may have seeped in during the evacuation. AHS says the advisory will continue to be lifted in phases as areas are confirmed to be safe.
Water in the boil advisory zones can still be used for bathing and general use. Dishwashers are also usable if they have a sanitizing cycle. Water used for cooking, drinking, or brushing teeth should be brought to a full boil for at least one minute.