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Reminder: Boil Water Advisory – Whale Cove

15 October 2018 

Public Health Advisory

Whale Cove, NU

The Department of Health reminds all residents of Whale Cove to boil their water before consumption until further notice.

This is a precautionary measure due to total coliform bacteria in the water system.

During a boil water advisory, all water for consumption must be brought to a rolling boil for a minimum of one full minute.

It is essential that all water be boiled for the following uses:

  • drinking;
  • preparing infant formulas;
  • preparing juices and ice cubes;
  • washing fruits and vegetables;
  • cooking; or
  • brushing of teeth.

Water can be boiled either in a pot or kettle on a stove or an electric kettle without an automatic shut-off. The boil water advisory is only for the uses listed above.

Adults, adolescents and older children can shower, bathe or wash using tap water, but should avoid swallowing it. Infants, toddlers and people who have illnesses should be sponge bathed to reduce their chances of swallowing water.

You may still wash your hands with tap water. Make sure you rub all parts of the hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

The Department of Community and Government Services is working to resolve issues with the new temporary water treatment plant designed to remove total coliforms. Updates will be provided to the community when available.

If community members have any questions, contact the Regional Environmental Health Officer, at 867-645-8071.

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Media Contact:

Gavin Sutton
Communications Specialist
Department of Health
867-975-5949
gsutton@gov.nu.ca