Residents of Délı̨ne are being advised to boil their drinking water as a precaution. The Chief Environmental Health Officer says this is due to the higher than normal turbidity (muddy water) in the water. He suggests to boil your drinking water for at least one minute to help disinfect the water. There has been no illnesses reported due to the drinking water in the community.
The Chief Environmental Health Officer, along with the Délı̨ne Community Government will continue to monitor the situation and provide notice when the boil water advisory has been lifted. This advisory is for all water for drinking, preparing food, hot and cold beverages, and ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables, and dental hygiene. He says it is extra important in the case of the preparation of infant formulas. Do not drink water from public drinking fountains. It is not necessary to boil water used for other household purposes. You may shower, bathe or wash using tap water, but avoid swallowing the water.
Alternatives to boiling water include using bottled water or water that has been processed by distillation, reverse osmosis or filtered using a filter size of 1 micron absolute or less. Brita type drinking water filters are not a safe method for treating water during a boil water advisory. They do not disinfect the water.