The City of Thompson has announced that a boil water advisory is now in effect for its water system until further notice.
The advisory was issued in the late afternoon on May 10.
Until further notice, city residents are being asked to boil tap water for cooking or drinking for at least one minute prior to consuming it. Water to be used for brushing teeth or washing fruit and vegetables should also be boiled before use. Unboiled water can be used for washing, flushing toilets and showering or taking baths.
“Routine monitoring of the treated water supply indicates a failure in the filtration treatment process allowing poorly treated water to enter the distribution system,” said a notice from the provincial government. “A boil water advisory has been issued to ensure public health protection.”
Commercial, public and permitted facilities such as restaurants, health care facilities, day cares, personal care homes and private facilities that provide food and water services can remain open but must follow recommendations from the Boil Water Advisory Fact Sheet 33 — Boil Water Advisory for Commercial/Public Facilities available on the provincial government’s website.
A notice will be issued when the boil water advisory has been rescinded and it is safe to drink unboiled tap water again.