Safety tips for a boil-water advisory
There's a lot more to a boil-water advisory than just "Boil your water." Read these tips on what you should and shouldn't do.
Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute to destroy disease-causing organisms
There's a lot more to a boil-water advisory than just "Boil your water." Here are some tips that can help you through the water crisis:
- During a boil-water advisory, use bottled water or disinfected water for drinking; making drinks, infant formula and ice cubes; tooth brushing; cooking and steaming food; and cleaning vegetables. Keep bottles of clean water next to the sink for these purposes.
- To disinfect water, bring it to a rolling boil for one minute to destroy disease-causing organisms. Water treatment devices, such as those built into taps or jugs, are not effective in removing many organisms.
- Boiled water can taste flat. Shaking air into water or adding a little salt can help the flavour.
- Water for washing dishes should be hot, but doesn't need to be boiled. A small amount of bleach can be added to rinse water for disinfecting.
- If you eat vegetables from your garden, make sure they are well-cooked before eating them.
- Adults and teenagers can take showers, if they don't swallow any water. Sponge baths are safer than showers for younger children.
- Tape plastic bags over taps and showerheads so you don't turn them on out of habit.
Where are the advisories currently issued in Canada? See them on this map.