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January 29, 2015

Precautionary boil water advisory lifted for City of Winnipeg's water system

Tap water safe and citizens no longer need to take special precautions

Released: 3:36 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Medical Officer of Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority advised the City at 2:51 p.m. today that the precautionary boil water advisory issued for Winnipeg’s water system has ended. Residents and businesses no longer need to take special precautions with tap water.

Results received today are negative for bacteria in all the water samples retested yesterday and Winnipeg’s water meets all health and safety water quality regulations and guidelines.

“Winnipeggers can feel confident in our water system,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I want to thank citizens for their patience as we worked through all of the required testing.”

“Two sets of negative test results confirm that Winnipeg’s water is safe,” said Water and Waste Director Diane Sacher. “Our water meets all health and safety water quality regulations and guidelines.”

The Medical Officer of Health issued a precautionary boil water advisory for Winnipeg’s water system late Tuesday, January 27, 2015, to protect public health due to positive results for bacteria in some water samples taken as part of routine compliance testing under the Operating Licence issued by the Provincial Office of Drinking Water.

The chlorine levels at all sampling locations, including the locations that tested positive, consistently measured better than the level required in the Operating Licence and would have effectively killed any bacteria in the water.

More information is on the City’s website at City of Winnipeg - January 27 - 29 Precautionary Boil Water Advisory

The Province is advising commercial businesses (e.g., restaurants, food processing facilities) and public facilities (e.g., schools, child care facilities) follow the measures outlined on page four under “What to do when a boil water advisory has been lifted” in the Boil Water Advisory Fact Sheet for Commercial/Public Facilities.

Information for residential properties is available at gov.mb.ca.

Last update: January 29, 2015