Boil water advisory lifted in South Slave communities

A boil water advisory, issued last week for Hay River, K’atl’odeeche First Nation, Enterprise and Kakisa, has now been lifted.

That is according to a new release from the territorial government’s Department of Health and Social Services and the GNWT’s Chief Environmental Health Officer Peter Workman.

Residents who receive their water from the Town of Hay River water supplier were asked last week to boil their water due to higher than normal turbidity, or muddy water.

There were no reported illnesses associated with drinking water in those communities.

Workman says Turbidity in the source water resulted from the spring break- up of ice in the river.

Workman, along with officials in Hay River have observed that the turbidity levels have dropped to acceptable levels in treated water from the water plant.

The precautionary boil water advisory is now lifted and normal use of drinking water may resume.

The Department of Health and Social Services recommends that residents and businesses flush their water supply by doing the following:

• Run all cold water faucets and drinking fountains for one minute before use

• Flush and clean all water-using equipment, such as soda fountains, coffee makers and ice-making machines, for at least one minute

• Change all point of use filters (tap mounted carbon filters, Brita filters, etc)

• Flush and clean all coffee machines

• Drain and flush all ice-making machines

• Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle

• Drain and refill hot water heaters

• Drain and clean water-holding tanks

Information and a video on how to drain and clean water-holding tanks is available at .

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