Moncton is asking some of their residents to boil their water after a major water main break. Although we in Ottawa are not affected by this, we do from time to time have water mains that break. So what should you do when your local is hit with this issue?
First, do not drink the water without boiling it. The water should be boiled for at least one minute to be considered safe.
Any water to be ingested or used for drinking , preparing food, making ice cubes, washing fruits and veggies, and brushing teeth should be boiled.
Contaminated water may cause illness in humans, including diarrhea, cramps , nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. Contaminated water is not the only cause of these symptoms. If you experience these, and the symptoms persist you may want to see your doctor.
The water is safe for showering and bathing.
Hands can continue to be washed using tap water and a proper hand washing technique, rubbing all parts of the hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Laundry may be washed in tap water, either by hand or machine.
Dishes may be washed by hand or by machine in hot soapy water..then left to air dry.
Users may experience discolored water or air in their plumbing systems. If you completely lose water pressure you should turn off the circuit breaker for the hot water tank to prevent damage to the heating element.