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Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory

Monday, April 06, 2020

This Advisory applies to users of the Village of Elbow’s water supply and is effective on Monday April 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Pursuant to clause 36(1)(a) of The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010 this Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory is issued due to an unplanned depressurization of the water distribution system, and therefore the safety of the drinking water supply cannot be ensured at all times. Therefore, pursuant to clause 36(1)(b) of The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010, consumers must be notified to:

(a) Boil all water, used for drinking purposes, for at least one (1) minute, at a rolling boil, prior to use;

(b) Boil water to be used for other activities where it may be ingested, including;

       (i.) brushing teeth or soaking false teeth

       (ii.) washing fruits and vegetables

       (iii.) food or drink which will not be subsequently heated; and

       (iv.) Ice cubes.

(c) Not drink from any public drinking fountains supplied with water from the public supply;

(d) Under most circumstances, no need to boil water used for other household purposes, such as laundry. Adults, adolescents and older children may shower, bathe or wash using tap water but should avoid swallowing the water. Dishes may be disinfected by washing in dishwashing machines that have a dry cycle or a final rinse that exceeds 450C for 20 minutes, 500C for 5 minutes, or 720C for 1 minute

(e) Ensure that younger children and infants are sponge bathed;

(f) Use an alternative water source known to be safe, if they do not wish to boil the water; and

(g) Consult with your physician if you have cuts or rashes that are severe before using the water.

If you require any additional information, please contact the following:

Water Security Agency (306)694-3900

Water Security Agency - Communications Manager (306)694-8914 Media Inquiries

Five Hills Health Region (306)691-1500

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