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Drinking Water Quality Advisories (Dorothy / Nutimik / Otter Falls)

Posted on: August 13, 2021  |  

Manitoba Health has recently issued drinking water advisories for Dorothy Lake, Nutimik Lake and Otter Falls Campground.  Recent testing shows manganese levels  above the Canadian Drinking Water guideline of 0.12 mg/L. Manganese is a naturally occurring element in groundwater. Small amounts of manganese are needed by the human body to be healthy. Increased manganese levels in drinking water may have health effects such as learning and behavior problems in infants and young children.

Manitoba Parks is working on a water treatment plan with the Office of Drinking Water to determine what type & size of filters that will be necessary.  The plan may not be fully in place until spring but they are hoping sooner.

Water users are being redirected to obtain water from  Betula & Opapiskaw.

August 17 update

Manitoba Parks has advised us that lineups for drinking water at Opapiskaw have caused a lot of pressure on the Opap water system.   High demand has caused the system to go down a few times this week.  This affects the campground infrastructure as the shower building and washrooms had to be closed till the system can build up again.

The Opap site is a cistern of fixed concrete in ground tank that is difficult and costly to expand.   Cottagers are asked to use Betula as another option to take some pressure off the Opap system until the campground season is over.

For more information, click on the advisory notices below.

WQA-21-08-03 Dorothy Lake Notice – Manganese

WQA-21-08-03 Otter Falls Campground Notice – Manganese

WQA-21-08-10 Nutimik Lake Campground Notice-Manganese

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