Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued a precautionary Boil Water Advisory for some users of the communal well water system in the Shadow Ridge community in Greely. The advisory is being issued due to a depressurization in the communal well system in the area. This advisory affects approximately 229 water users and is in effect until further notice.
City staff are on location in Greely delivering notices to affected residents.
Water users in the affected area are asked to bring their water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for all consumption purposes, including drinking, making juice, ice and infant formula, as well as for use in food preparation.
After boiling, the water should be left to cool before being used, or it should be placed in clean containers to cool in the refrigerator. Boiled water should be used when brushing teeth. Boiled water should also be used to rinse dishes after washing. Other non-consumption uses, such as showering, are safe.
If you are unable to boil water, you should consume only bottled water. More info available here: What you should know during a boil water advisory.
This advisory will be rescinded once Ottawa Public Health is satisfied that water quality has been restored and tap water is safe to drink. Bringing the water to a rolling boil for at least one minute will kill the microorganisms.
Additional information is available at ottawa.ca, or by calling 3-1-1, or Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744. You can also connect with Ottawa Public Health on Facebook and Twitter (@ottawahealth).