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Water Advisory Information

Updated September 2019

What to do:
  • During a Water advisory
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • After a Water Advisory is lifted

  • Water Today Map Info
  • Health Canada Info
  • Provincial Advisory Information
    WATER TODAY Advisory Maps

    WATERTODAY updates and posts Canadian water advisories throughout the day, every day. Establishing drinking water quality criteria and publishing water advisories is a provincial responsibility in Canada.

    WATERTODAY national maps offer site visitors an overview of water issues across Canada, including: Boil Water Advisories (BWA - yellow dots) Do Not Consume (DNC - red dots), Water Shortage (WS - purple dots) and cyanobacteria contamination or Blue-Green Algae (cyan dots) advisories. Our provincial maps provide additional details such as advisory locations and causes.

    In order to post as many active DWAs (Drinking Water Advisories) as possible, we utilize a number of sources including governmental lists (Provincial and Municipal), as well as Federal lists of First Nation advisories, in addition to subscribing to the media lists of municipalities and health units across the country and to a number of media outlets. In addition, we take a proactive approach and seek out new DWAs through online searches (Google, etc).

    Despite our efforts to make our list of advisories as comprehensive as possible, it may happen that one or more issued DWAs will be missed, or that a previously issued DWA will have been rescinded yet still appear on our map as active. Should you be aware of either please inform us via email.

    For the sake of map clarity, when there are more than one advisory in a community, WATER TODAY groups them under one name, i.e. TownName (5). This avoids overcrowding the maps with pinpoints, making them difficult to read. This is especially the case in British Columbia, where one community may have many individual water systems.

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  • Boil Water Advisory General Information

    Use tap water for:
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Shaving
  • Flushing toilets

    Use boil water for:
  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Sponge bathing babies
  • Making ice
  • Washing Vegetables and fruits
  • Preparing food and baby formula
  • Coffee making
  • Pet water bowls

    Do not use:
  • Any kind of household filter
  • Ice makers, soda dispensers or any appliance
       with a line to the water supply
  • Water toys such as wading pools

  • Frequently asked questions

    How do I boil my water during an advisory?
    • Fill a pot with water.
    • Heat the water until bubbles come from the bottom of the pot to the top.
    • Once the water reaches a rolling boil, let it boil for 1 minute.
    • Turn off the heat source and let the water cool.
    • Pour water into a clean container with a cover for storage.

    Why do I have to boil my water?

    Your water may be contaminated by bacteria. This may be due to equipment failure, leaking/broken pipes in the system, or insufficient disinfectant in the water supply. The Boil Water Advisory gives you information so you can take action to protect your health.

    I cannot boil my water. How do I disinfect my water to make it safe to drink?

    NOTE: Water contaminated with fuel or a toxic chemical will not be made safe by boiling or disinfection. Use another source of water if you know or suspect that water might be contaminated with fuel or a toxic chemical.

      If tap water is clear:
    • Use unscented bleach (bleach that does not have an added scent).
    • Add 1/8 teaspoon (8 drops or about 0.75 milliliters) of unscented household liquid bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.
    • Mix well and wait 30 minutes or more before drinking.
    • Store disinfected water in a clean contain with a cover.

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