03/16/2012 10:09 EDT | Updated 05/16/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan city of Prince Albert lifts boil water order after six weeks

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - The days of boiling drinking water are over for Prince Albert residents, at least for most water users and at least for now.

A boil water order imposed six weeks ago when testing revealed harmful parasites in the drinking water was lifted Friday within city limits.

However, users of the Prince Albert Rural Water Authority, which includes the Muskoday First Nation, will remain under the order for at least two more weeks.

Medical Health Officer Dr. Khami Chokani said the order had been very successful because there had been no widespread illnesses and no restaurants or businesses had actions taken against them.

City manager Robert Cotterill said while it was cause for celebration, the problems with the water treatment plant are not over yet.

He said the city still has to install a water clarifier before the North Saskatchewan River breaks for the spring.

The problem is that all signs are pointing to an early break of the river, possibly the earliest on record.

Cotterill said the water plant simply will not be able to handle the turbidity of the river without the clarifier installed.