When there’s a boil water advisory, your tap water isn’t safe to drink or use as usual. The following information tells you how to be careful with water during an advisory and what to do when the advisory ends. See
Boiling and storing water to learn how to make your water safe to drink.
During a boil water advisory, take these precautions:
During a boil water advisory, any surfaces that touch food—such as counters, dishes, and cutting boards—must be washed with soap and water, rinsed, and then sanitized.
To sanitize counters after you wash them, add 5 millilitres (1 teaspoon) of unscented liquid chlorine bleach (5.25%) to 1 litre of bottled or cooled boiled water. Use the mixture to spray or wipe the counter.
To sanitize dishes after washing them:
It’s safe to use tap water for laundry and cleaning surfaces that don’t touch food, such as walls or floors. It’s also safe to use a dishwasher on either the high-heat setting or the sanitize cycle.
Here’s what to know about bathing and cleaning yourself during a boil water advisory:
Here’s how to flush, clean, and sanitize areas that have contact with water after the boil water advisory ends:
Learn more about safety during a boil water advisory from Alberta Health Services
Environmental Public Health.
Current as of: July 6, 2022
Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services
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