Boil Water Advisory Rescinded

On December 18, 2020 at 2:15 pm, the Town of Altona received notification that the Precautionary Boil Water Advisory that was issued for the Town of Altona water system has been rescinded.

You can now resume normal water usage. Please see the below attachment for more information.

Waste Collection Changes December 2020

The end of December often has changes to the regularly scheduled waste collection, as there are several holidays. Here is an overview of the last two weeks of December.

Southeast Collection:
December 22nd – Garbage and Recycling
December 29th – Garbage, Recycling & Compost

Southwest Collection:
December 23rd – Garbage and Recycling
December 30th – Garbage, Recycling & Compost

Northwest Collection:
December 24th – Garbage and Recycling
December 31st – Garbage, Recycling & Compost

Northeast Collection:
December 28th – Recycling
December 29th – Garbage & Compost
January 4th – Garbage & Recycling

Lots of people will be receiving their Christmas gifts and greeting by mail, or delivery, or curbside pick-up, etc, this year – and that means more packaging materials. From December 28 – January 8. we’ve lifted the bag limit per household to allow for easier disposal of those materials.

Christmas Tree Collection will take place on January 11.

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory

On December 9, 2020, the Town of Altona was informed of scheduled maintenance to the water system at the Red River Regional Water Treatment Plant Reservoir, which will lead to the issuance of a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory.

It is possible that regular maintenance can compromise the safety of a water supply.  A precautionary boil water advisory is being issued beginning at 8:00 AM on December 14, 2020 to ensure the protection of public health in the Red River Regional Water System and associated water distribution systems including the Altona Water System.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Commencing on December 14, 2020 and until further notice, all water used for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute before it is used for:

  • Drinking and ice making
  • Beverage preparation, such as infant formula
  • Preparing food; including washing fruits and vegetables
  • Brushing teeth

It is not necessary to boil tap water used for other household purposes, such as laundry or washing dishes.  Adults and older children that are able to avoid swallowing the water can wash, bathe, or shower.  Young children should be sponge bathed.  If boiling is not practical, an alternate and safe supply of water should be used for consumptive purposes (i.e., bottled water).

To avoid burn injuries from hot water, caution should be taken.  Please keep young children away from boiling water.  Place kettles and pots away from counter and stove edges.

Boil Water Advisory Fact Sheet #1 – Boil Water Advisory For Drinking Water Only contains additional information on water use and can be found below.

Boil Water Advisory Fact Sheet #3 – Boil Water Advisory For Commercial/Public Facilities: All commercial, public and permitted facilities (i.e., restaurants, health care facilities, day cares, personal care homes and other private facilities that provide food and water services) must follow water use recommendations from the below fact sheet.

Please share this information with other people who use the tap water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, renters, tenants, staff or clients).  This notice can also be posted in common areas where people tend to gather.

DURATION

The Boil Water Advisory will remain in effect until at least Monday, December 21, 2020 in order to determine that the water supplied by this water system no longer presents a risk to public health.  The public will be notified when the advisory has been rescinded.  Residents are asked to consult the Town of Altona website (www.altona.ca) or social media (www.facebook.com/townofaltona).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Town of Altona Administration Office at 204-324-6468, or the Regional Drinking Water Officer at 204-795-6908, or Health Links at 204-788-8200 (toll free at 1-888-315-9257).

Communicating About COVID: Times are Tough

We’ve been in code red lockdown for three weeks now, and dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for over eight months. It hasn’t been easy. We miss our friends, and our families, and the sense of normalcy. We miss chatting with old friends in the grocery store, gathering at community events or at church, and we miss being able to travel. We miss being able to play sports, and eat in restaurants, and visit our loved ones who are vulnerable.

There are a lot of things that we miss, and we are all tired, and sad, and frustrated. Some people are frustrated because they feel the safety measures in place are not strong enough, and some are frustrated because the feel that they are too strong. We all want our lives to go back to normal – to go back to gathering with friends and family, and doing the things we love to do. We can’t do that until this threat, this global crisis, is resolved, and that means that we need to listen to the medical experts and the scientists, and prevent COVID-19 from overwhelming our healthcare system. When we go back to gathering with loved ones, we want them all to be around the table with us. For those of us in the community who have already lost loved ones to COVID-19, there aren’t enough words to express the loss.

Throughout these past eight months, we’ve kept our messaging primarily focused on the positives – on finding the hope and finding the light at the end of the tunnel, and we are going to continue to do that. If you’ve got suggestions for things we should share or highlight, we would love if you sent it to us!

Here are some things that we haven’t missed out on this year:

We’ve connected as a community in all sorts of new ways, like chalk your walk, and paintings in windows, and zoom calls, and physically distanced visits, and virtual events and forums, and videos and photos and so many more.

We’ve spent more time enjoying the outdoors, going for a walk or bike ride. Lots of folks have tried their hand at gardening, or home improvement projects this year that they felt they didn’t have time to do before, and people have picked up new hobbies and skills as well.

Throughout this all, our businesses have pivoted to new and innovative ways to connect with us. They’ve offered curbside pick-up and delivery, and online or virtual shopping. They’ve run fun new promotions as ways to add a bit more light to our lives, and have supported one another.

As a community, we’ve ordered our food to go, we’ve sent gift cards or gifts to friends and strangers alike, we’ve called our local businesses to find out how we can still access our favourite products and services, and we’ve shopped local. Remember, the majority of our local businesses are still open right now, even if you can’t go in the door. Visit our website for an ever-growing list of the ways that you can access products and services from home.

Thank you for continuing to find the light with us. Times are tough right now, but so are we, and we will get through this together. Let’s continue to practice kindness, and all of the fundamentals to protect one another.

Communications & HR Officer Sarah Radmore
communications@altona.ca