Boil water advisory in effect for some South Slave communities

A boil water advisory is in effect for some communities in the South Slave region due to high turbitity or muddy water.

According to a news release, Northwest Territories Chief Environmental Health Officer Peter Workman is advising all residents in Hay River, K’atl’odeeche First Nation, Enterprise and Kakisa to boil their drinking water for at least one minute.

This advisory is described as precautionary in nature and is due to the muddy water.

There have been no illnesses associated with drinking water reported in the community, according to the territorial government.

The Chief Environmental Health Officer, in collaboration with officials from the Town of Hay River, will continue to monitor the situation and provide an update when the advisory is lifted.

All water used for drinking, preparing food, hot and cold beverages and ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables, and dental hygiene must be boiled.

This is of particular importance in the case of the preparation of infant formulas.

Do not drink water from public drinking fountains.

It is not necessary to boil water used for other household purposes like showers or baths, but residents are warned not to swallow any water.

Residents are also advised that  “Brita” type drinking water filters are not a safe method for treating water during a boil water advisory because they do not disinfect the water.

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