An E. coli infection can lead to serious illness.
A boil water advisory is for the second time in effect for parts of Canada because of the presence of E. coli bacteria in the water mains.
People are advised to must boil the water for at least a minute before drinking it.
Thousands of people living on Montreal, , Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have been ordered to boil their water before consuming. Authorities say it’s because tests found elevated levels of fecal coliforms.
Inspectors made the discovery on Saturday following a routine test. E. coli can cause infections that result in nausea, vomiting, headache, mild fever, severe stomach cramps, and watery or bloody diarrhea.
Though many recover from E.coli infections on their own, some infections result in hospitalizations.
Fecal coliforms are a group of bacteria. E. coli is part of the group that make up fecal coliforms and pose a risk when consumed.
A boil water advisory is issued when harmful germs (e.g., E. coli bacteria, giardia parasite)may be in a drinking water supply. Drinking water contaminated with these germs can make people and animals very sick. Boiling will kill the germs and make the water safe to drink.
It is still OK to take a shower or bath: Skin contact with tap water is not a concern. However, children should be supervised in case they should try to drink the water being used.
You should not use tap water to brush or rinse your teeth since it can pass on whatever micro-organisms that may be present. You should use water that has been boiled and set aside or bottled.
When a boil water advisory has been issued don’t use the tap water to:
make baby formula
wash fruits or vegetables
fill a wading pool
give to your pet
During a boil water advisory, use boiled water, bottled water, or water from another safe public supply not affected by the advisory.
Throw away any ice in your freezer made with the water and sanitize the ice cube trays. Make ice with boiled water that’s been cooled.
To boil water, bring it to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute.
Be careful not to burn yourself or your child. Only boil as much water as you can safely lift without spilling.
To boil water, use a pot placed on the back burner of a stove or a kettle. If you use an electric kettle, make sure you can hold down the automatic shut off switch to keep the water boiling for 1 minute.
After the water has boiled for 1 minute, let it cool and pour it into a clean disinfected container with a cover. Keep it in the refrigerator until you need it.
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