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Update: Boil water advisory for Sanikiluaq

04 November 2016

Public Health Advisory

Update: Boil water advisory for Sanikiluaq

November 4, 2016

Sanikiluaq, NU

All residents of Sanikiluaq must boil their water before consumption until further notice.

Water for consumption must be boiled and come from the reverse osmosis taps that have been installed in your household. Store-bought bottled water is also safe to drink.

This is a precautionary measure based on unacceptable levels of total coliform bacteria in the water system. The Department of Health is working with the Department of Community and Government Services to investigate this matter, and additional water tests are being done.

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
  • brushing of teeth

Water can be boiled either in a pot or kettle on a stove, or in an electric kettle without an automatic shut-off.

It is not necessary to boil water used for anything other than the above list.


Media Contact:

Ron Wassink

Communications Specialist

Department of Health