Boil Water Advisory

Posted on Monday April 08, 2019 at 04:36PM

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory

This Advisory applies to all residents and users of the Town of Oxbow’s distribution system, and is effective Friday, April 05, 2019 at 15:00hrs

Pursuant to clause 36(1)(a) of The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010 this Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory is issued due to failure of the disinfection system and high turbidity, therefore the safety of Oxbow’s drinking water in the designated area, cannot be ensured at all times. Therefore, pursuant to Clause 36(1)(b) of The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010, consumers must be notified to:

(a) boil all water, used for drinking purposes, for at least one (1) minute, at a rolling boil, prior to use;
(b) boil water to be used for other activities where it may be ingested, including:
(i) brushing teeth or soaking false teeth;
(ii) washing fruits and vegetables;
(iii) food or drink which will not be subsequently heated; and
(iv) ice cubes;
(c) not use the water for washing dishes, unless the water has been boiled or the dishes are sanitized in another fashion. Washed dishes and utensils can be soaked in a bleach water solution (approximately 2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon or 10 ml of bleach per liter of water) for at least two minutes after being washed to kill any bacteria which may be present.
Note: Do not mix bleach with soaps or detergents.
(d) not drink from any public drinking fountains supplied with water from the public water supply;
(e) ensure that younger children and infants are sponge bathed;
(f) use an alternative water source known to be safe, if they do not wish to boil the water; and
(g) consult with your physician if you have cuts or rashes that are severe before using the water.

Under most circumstances, there is no need to boil water used for other household purposes. Adults, adolescents and older children may shower, bathe or wash using tap water but should avoid swallowing the water. Laundry may be washed in tap water, either by hand or by machine.

This Advisory is effective immediately, and will not be lifted until the water supply is determined to be completely safe.

If you require any additional information, please contact the following:

Waterworks Owner Office 306.483.2300
Water Security Agency - Environmental and Municipal
Management Services Division 306.787-4584
Water Security Agency - Communications Manager 306.694.8914 Media Inquiries
Saskatchewan Health Authority, Weyburn/Estevan 306.637.2463

Rod Broadfoot, EPO
Environmental and Municipal Management Services Division
Water Security Agency

Author: Town of Oxbow


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