Gladys Woodrow owner of the Springbrook General Store brings in a load of water to the store Wednesday afternoon. Woodrow has been selling more water than usual after fire knocked out the water plant that services the Red Deer Airport, Springbrook residents and businesses in the area. (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

Boil water advisory has been issued for Springbrook

Fire knocked out water treatment facility

While the hamlet of Springbrook waits for its water system to be fully restored after a fire knocked out its water plant, EPCOR issued a release late Wednesday afternoon that Alberta Health Services has issued a boil water order.

Red Deer Airport, Springbrook residents, and businesses located at the airport had no water service on Wednesday morning following the fire at the community’s water treatment facility.

The order states that safety of the drinking water may have been compromised. Consumption of the water without first boiling may result in illness.

As such, effective immediately upon restoration of water service, EPCOR advises that all users of Springbrook’s drinking water supply bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute prior to any consumption, including: drinking, cleaning raw foods, brushing teeth, preparing infant formula or juices, making ice and handwashing dishes.

Water used for bathing, or for laundering of clothing, does not need to be boiled.

“Residents may instead choose to purchase and consume bottled water for the duration of this order. This order will remain in effect until further notice. Up-to-date information about the status of the order will be available on our website at”

Members of the public who have health-related questions can contact Health Link at 811.

Kayla Smith, Red Deer Airport director of Airport Development, Communications and Marketing, said that operations at the airport were continuing normally.

Arrangements were made for portable washrooms to be brought in to the airport, Smith said, adding updates will be posted on their website at and on their social media sites.

The fire occurred Tuesday evening at the water treatment facility. County Fire Services quickly got the fire under control but the treatment facility had to be shut down in order to fight the fire. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Crews were working at the water facility, which is located in Springbrook, and will continue until water is restored.

Tyler Harke, Corporate Communications manager for Red Deer County, said earlier Wednesday that County Fire Services are at the site and in the process of ensuring it is safe for EPCOR workers to begin repairs.

“Honestly, after that, I have no idea how long that would take, or the extent of the damage,” he said.

The county contracts EPCOR for their water services, and will continue to provide updates as soon as possible.

Just Posted

Red Deer man says more cardiac care needed here

Ryan Gillies spent several extra days in hospital waiting to get a stent in Edmonton

Red Deer gets ready for CFR 45

A $20 to $25-million annual injection to the local economy

Former Red Deer teacher going to trial on child porn charges

Charges were laid in January 2017 after a woman came forward

Red Deer agency reports more than 1,000 lives saved with naloxone

Turning Point distributes 5,855 naloxone kits

WATCH: Ponoka residents enjoy first skate on ice path

A community initiative helped create a skate path for families in Ponoka.

Giddy up: Red Deer to host Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2018

The CFR is expected to bring $20-30 million annually to Red Deer and region

Got milk? Highway reopened near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Stettler’s newest residents overcame fear, bloodshed to come here

Daniel Kwizera, Diane Mukasine and kids now permanent residents

Giddy up: Red Deer to host Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2018

The CFR is expected to bring $20-30 million annually to Red Deer and region

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag at Pyeongchang Olympics

Not since Kurt Browning at the 1994 Lillehammer Games has a figure… Continue reading

Beer Canada calls on feds to axe increasing beer tax as consumption trends down

OTTAWA — A trade association for Canada’s beer industry wants the federal… Continue reading

Central Albertans recall Hawaii’s false missile alert

Former Red Deer councillor Paul Harris was hanging out at the Ka’anapali… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month