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100 People Under Boil Water Advisory Somewhere in Manitoba

 
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Ottawa, ON -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/16/2014 -- Among the 16 Boil Water Advisories (BWA) issued last week, there was one for Kernested Subdivision issued by the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, in Manitoba on June12.

According to a government spokesperson, Kernested is a subdivision of The Narrows on Lake Manitoba. The advisory was due to the absence of disinfection in the community‘s water system, and it affects 100 people.

The thing is, we can’t find Kernested anywhere. Neither Wikipedia, nor Google maps nor even Manitoba maps have any information on its location.

We did find a Kernsted Beach within the rural municipality of Siglunes which is 36 km from The Narrows on Lake Manitoba. Perhaps this is where our 100 people should be boiling their water. It is where 100 people had to be evacuated during the flood of 2011 which brought Lake Manitoba’s water levels to their highest levels in 50 years.

According to a CBC report on June 13, 2011, “At least 260 properties were put under mandatory evacuation in the Rural Municipalities of Coldwell, Siglunes, Eriksdale and Grahamdale. Of that, more than 100 properties were in Siglunes on Kernsted Beach and Miss Ellie Drive east of the Lake Manitoba Narrows.”

If this is where our boil water advisory is, it is located 75 km northwest of the province's capital, Winnipeg. Need one be reminded that Canada is a vast and sparsely populated country?

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