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More information is expected later today following an overnight emergency alert concerning the Grand Lake water supply in Halifax County.

The alert issued by Halifax Regional Municipality says residents who draw water directly from Grand Lake must stop using it immediately, citing an unknown issue that has sent one person to hospital and caused animals to die.

The alert says the water should not be used drinking, cooking or bathing – even when boiled – and pets should not be allowed to play in it.

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It also instructs people to stay away from Grand Lake itself.

About 9,000 people in Halifax, Enfield, Elmsdale, Lantz and East Hanz are supplied with water from the Grand Lake watershed through the East Hants Regional Water Utility.

Municipal water utility Halifax Water says in a release that while they operate three small systems within the same watershed as Grand Lake, none draw water from Grand Lake, and their tap water remains safe to drink.

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