If you’re camping, in a recreational area, like hiking trails, camping, or any outdoor area when a boil water advisory is issued, it’s important to have the right information so you’ll know what to do.
How to Use Water Safely
For general information on how you can use the water at your campsite during the boil water advisory, see the pages below.
If you’re in the backcountry or if you can’t boil your water see
Drinking Water in the Backcountry
You may be able to make the water safe to drink in
ways other than boiling.
If you filled your camper or recreational vehicle (RV) with water that’s unsafe, you’ll need to disinfect and flush the water system.
When your RV water storage tank has been filled with
unsafe water (water under a
boil water advisory), it’s time to disinfect the RV water storage tank and water system. You may also want to do this if:
Note: It’s important to follow the Owner’s Manual for disinfecting RV water storage tanks and for flushing of the RV water system. If the Owner’s Manual is not available, then follow the procedures below.
Steps for disinfecting RV water storage tanks:
Flushing RV water systems:
Some RV’s don’t have a water storage tank, but have a direct connection hook-up to a water supply. This type of RV water system may be flushed as follows:
If you have any questions about your water, call the Environmental Public Health Office closest to your area.
Current as of: July 12, 2019
Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services
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