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OWEN SOUND

Owen Sound’s boil water advisory for the Greenwood Cemetery area is lifted, the city announced in a news release Friday afternoon.

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The precautionary boil advisory was put in place Wednesday at the direction of the Grey Bruce Health Unit.

A sampling error was suspected because in the same water sample that had bacteria was also chlorine, a disinfectant routinely added to drinking water, which exceeded provincial drinking water guidelines.

Consequently, Dennis Kefalas, the city’s public works and engineering director said Thursday, the water sample may have involved an error.

Subsequent water testing showed “the water is safe to consume,” the city news release said.

The area served by the municipal water distribution system was south of Greenwood Cemetery, including 2nd Avenue East, Inglis Falls Road, Forest Heights subdivision, Harrison Park and part of the vicinity of Greenwood Cemetery itself.

Up to 200 affected water customers received hand-delivered notices of the boil advisory, which applied to a dead-end section of the city’s distribution system which is constantly flushed by leaving a tap open to keep it fresh, Kefalas said.

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