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What You Need to Know About Boil-Water Advisories

    Every day there are more than 1,000 boil-water advisories across Canada. These warnings from public health authorities alert communities that tap water is unsafe to drink and could pose a health risk if consumed. The water could be contaminated with bacteria as a result of anything from equipment failure to leaching pipes to problems that may occur during the treatment process.

In most cases, there are safety measures you can take in your own home to ensure your water is safe for your family to drink and use. However, if conditions are severe, or if for any reason you are unable to boil water, you may be advised to purchase bottled water.

Using Boiled Water During an Advisory

During a boil-water advisory, it’s usually okay to use tap water for doing laundry, bathing, and flushing toilets. But you’ll want to use boiled water for any water needs that include:

  • Drinking or making ice cubes
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Bathing infants and small children
  • Washing vegetables and fruits
  • Preparing food and baby formula
  • Brewing coffee or tea
  • Filling pet water bowls

Even if you have a pitcher filtration system, the water still needs to be boiled before being consumed.

To boil water during an advisory, fill a pot with water and heat the water at a high temperature until bubbles from the bottom of the pot break the surface. Once the water begins to bubble consistently, allow it to boil for one minute. After the boiling process is complete, remove the pot from the stove and allow it to cool – store it in a clean, covered container for later use.

Ensure Your Water Is Safe, Even After an Advisory Is Lifted

Boil-water advisories are lifted once the issuing agency or local water authority has determined the water is once again safe to consume and no longer risks public health. When you are notified, you should also be provided with instructions on how to flush the pipes in your home to ensure the contaminated water is completely disposed of.

Depending on the severity and type of issue resulting in a boil-water advisory, a water treatment system may not be enough to ensure safe drinking water. Certain filtration systems can remove bacteria from water, but your best course of action is to boil your water (during an advisory) and call your local Culligan Man to find out how to protect your water.

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