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'Take a breath. Boil the water' Quotes from Winnipeg water scare

01/28/2015 06:15 EST | Updated 03/30/2015 05:59 EDT
WINNIPEG - About 700,000 Winnipeg residents have been told they will have to boil their water for a second day while the city verifies its supply is safe. Here is what some are saying about Winnipeg's water scare:

"It is encouraging, but you know, we have to wait and see. Again, we're saying that we're hopeful that tomorrow we'll get the approval from the province to proceed with lifting (the boil-water advisory), but we have to follow the process." — Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman after a round of clean test results delivered Wednesday.

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"Take a deep breath. Boil the water. Get some bottled water if you can't boil it, and hopefully (Thursday) we'll be able to provide you with better news." — Bowman's message to residents.

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"I brushed (my teeth) this morning and I just used a little bit out of the tap. I'm not too worried because I know they've had these advisories in the past and I didn't see a whole lot of issues or problems that arose from it." — Brian Wills, who was planning to buy some bottled water Wednesday afternoon for his family, including four kids.

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"I was at the YMCA (Tuesday night) and just drinking water from the water fountain in my water bottle when I saw on my phone on Twitter that they had issued a water advisory. I didn't think too much of it ... probably an abundance of caution. This morning was the only time I was a little annoyed because Starbucks was closed. That's the only thing that has affected my day-to-day life and routine." — Brent Neill, who purchased a few bottles of water at a convenience store.

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"We boiled up five or six litres worth and that way we can run that through the Keurig (coffee machine) in the morning and we can use that for brushing our teeth, that kind of stuff." — Dave Bilyk, father of two teenagers.

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"There's a lot of over-reaction out there" — Bilyk on people emptying store shelves of bottled water.

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