Hay River, K’atl’odeeche, Enterprise and Kakisa under boil water advisory

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The ongoing flooding in Hay River has led to a boil water advisory for four communities in the South Slave.

An advisory from the chief environmental health officer (CEHO) reads, “Power outages and other operational issues may prevent drinking water from being disinfected prior to distribution.” 

The CEHO and Town of Hay River are monitoring when it will be safe to drink the water again.

The notice explains the advisory is precautionary as there have not yet been any illnesses linked to drinking water.

Residents should boil water for at least one minute before consuming, including for making ice, washing fruits and veggies, and brushing your teeth. It’s also important to do so when preparing baby formula.

Other uses like showering and laundry are OK.

Household filters like Britas are not enough to properly filter the water.

Residents with other questions can visit this FAQ.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com