Boil water advisory in place for Pelly Crossing

Pelly Crossing residents are being advised to boil their water after a pipe in the drinking water system broke.

Pelly Crossing residents are being advised to boil their water after a pipe in the drinking water system broke.

The Yukon Department of Health and Social Services says the operator of the Selkirk First Nation’s public drinking water system contacted the environmental health services (EHS) branch on Monday about a pipe break in the pump house. This caused the system to depressurize.

“The problem has been fixed and EHS is working with the operator to make sure the necessary bacteriological testing of the drinking water occurs,” said health spokesperson Marcelle Dube in an email.

“Until then, a boil water advisory has been issued.”

A water sample needs to be tested to make sure the drinking water is safe following the break, Dube said.

The Health Department hasn’t received the water sample yet. Assuming the tests prove the water is safe, Thursday is the earliest the advisory would be lifted, she said.

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