The Chief Environmental Health Officer is advising all residents in Inuvik to boil their drinking water for at least one minute.
This precautionary advisory is due to higher than normal turbidity, or muddy water, because of increased water levels in the river. There have been no illnesses associated with drinking water reported in the community.
The Chief Environmental Health Officer will continue to monitor the situation and provide an update when the advisory is lifted.
All water used for drinking, preparing food, hot and cold beverages and ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables, and dental hygiene must be boiled. This is of particular importance in the case of the preparation of infant formulas. Do not drink water from public drinking fountains. It’s not necessary to boil water used for other household purposes. Residents can shower, bathe or wash using tap water, but should avoid swallowing the water.