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Further information on the boil water advisory and E. coli

Winnipeg Health Region
Updated Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Last night, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority issued a boil water advisory for the City of Winnipeg. It was issued as a precautionary measure as a result of two clusters of positive E. coli results.

Retests today came back negative for E.coli. However, before an advisory can be lifted, national protocols require there must be two negative test results, 24 hours apart.

The source of contamination has not yet been identified and no water-related illnesses have been reported in the Winnipeg Health Region. However, public health is proceeding according to the provincial and national guidelines.

All health care facilities are using contingency plans to address the risk. All medical and surgical procedures are conducted with medical-grade water supply. Tap water is not used for any procedures so the boil water advisory will not have an impact on these services.

Until further notice, all residents within the City of Winnipeg should be advised that tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute before it is used for:

  • Drinking and ice making
  • Beverage preparation, such as infant formula
  • Preparing food
  • Brushing teeth

It is not necessary to boil tap water used for other household purposes, such as laundry or washing dishes. Adults and older children that are able to avoid swallowing the water can wash, bathe, or shower. Young children should be sponge bathed. If boiling is not feasible, an alternate and safe supply of water should be used; i.e. bottled water.

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