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Kings Bay area residents advised to boil water before consuming

KAWARTHA LAKES- The Pine Ridge District (HKPR) Health Unit has issued a Boil Water Advisory for residents on the King’s Bay Drinking Water System.

According to officials this advisory is the result of routine sampling and is a precautionary measure to residents who obtain their drinking water from the King’s Bay Drinking Water System. The lab is currently analyzing additional samples of the drinking water and once completed, residents will be advised if the BWA can be lifted or if further action is needed.

For your protection and until further notice, it will be necessary to boil all water, which is to be used for human consumption, for at least one minute.

  • Water which is to be used for drinking, making baby food, mixing formula or fruit juices, ice, washing fruits and vegetables, or teeth brushing must first be boiled. Begin timing for one minute only after the water has reached a full rolling boil on your stove or in your kettle.
  • Store the cooled, boiled water in a container, which has been sanitized and has a lid or other means of covering the container. Sanitize the container by washing it in a solution of one gallon of water plus 1/4 cup of bleach. Clean your countertops, sinks dishes and utensils using this solution as well. Do not drink this solution.
  • All fruits and vegetables that will not be cooked should be washed in water that you have boiled.
  • Thorough hand washing with soap is an important step in preventing the spread of bacteria. Make sure hands are properly washed after using the toilet, handling diapers, pets, livestock and before preparing food. Wash your hands with soap under running water. After hands are washed and thoroughly dried, apply 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Rub hands together with the amount specified on the label until the hands are dry. Cover all surfaces of the hands. The alcohol content of the sanitizer completely evaporates as it dries. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are disinfectants that contain at least 60 percent alcohol, ethanol, isopropanol or a mixture of both.
  • Adults may shower with untreated water as long as no water is swallowed. Adults or young children should sponge-bathe instead of using tub baths. Use a clean supply of water if possible.

The advisory will be lifted by the Health Unit when acceptable samples are received. Please note that this could be a few days. For more information, call the HKPR Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 or 1-888-255-7839.

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