Communities affected by an oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River are being told it’s O-K to start using the water again.
Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency says the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort can resume taking water from the river.
Agency spokesman, Sam Ferris, says oil components detected in the water don’t present unacceptable health risks to residents using treated water.
The cities had to shut off their intakes and find alternate water sources after the oil plume from a Husky Energy pipeline spill moved downstream.
Up to 250-thousand litres of oil mixed with a lighter hydrocarbon leaked into the river near Maidstone in July.
(With files from The Canadian Press)