Abbotsford Police warn that water-testing calls are a scam

Fraudulent messages say City of Abbotsford is offering free water-quality tests

The Abbotsford Police Department is warning local residents about a water-testing scam.

Sgt. Judy Bird said citizens have beeing receiving fraudulent phone calls in which a recorded message advises that the City of Abbotsford is offering free water-quality testing.

The city reported earlier this week that some people might experience an unusual smell in their water, but that it did not pose any health concerns.

The odour was because the Norrish Water Treatment Plant – which supplies water to many Abbotsford residents – was taken offline for maintenance on Aug. 10, and these residents are temporarily receiving their drinking water from the Cannell Lake water supply.

Bird said the city has not been making calls about water testing, but the motive for the scam is not known.

She said citizens are reminded to call police if they receive suspicious phone calls or information that is being distributed.

Verified information from the City of Abbotsford can be found at

RELATED: ‘Unusual smell in water’ not a health concern, says City of Abbotsford


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