Due to de-pressurization in the Village of Hill Spring’s drinking water system, Alberta Health Services (AHS), has issued a Boil Water Advisory for the village, as a precautionary measure.
Construction on the drinking water system has resulted in complete de-pressurization of the system, making the water vulnerable to contamination. All residents and businesses are advised to bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute prior to any consumption, including:
- brushing teeth or rinsing mouth
- cleaning raw foods
- preparing infant formula or juices
- making ice, etc.
Water used for bathing or washing clothes does not need to be boiled. For hand-washing, wash with soap and water and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing more than 60 per cent alcohol after drying your hands.
Residents may instead choose to purchase bottled water for consumption, for the duration of this advisory. This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
The Village of Hill Spring is taking corrective action to address this matter, and restore appropriate water supply. The advisory will remain in place until such time that water is restored and water quality assured. AHS Environmental Public Health officers will continue to monitor the situation, including sampling and testing of the drinking water to ensure it is safe for consumption.
For more information on Boil Water Advisories and using water safely when an advisory is in place, resources for homeowners and businesses are available here:
https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/eph/Page15235.aspx Under the heading Coping With Emergencies, click on Boil Water Advisories. Additionally, health advice and health information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling Health Link toll-free at 811.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.