Boil-water warning lifted
Mayor Brian Bowman gives the go- ahead to consume, chugs glass of water at press conference
Winnipeg’s 700,000 residents are again free to drink their tap water.
“The province’s medical officer of health has notified us that they’ve lifted the precautionary boil-water advisory for the city of Winnipeg,” Mayor Brian Bowman said Thursday.
Bowman said a second batch of tests on the city’s water supply came back free of harmful bacteria and met all health-and-safety guidelines.
He said citizens no longer need to take special precautions.
“Our city’s drinking water remains safe to drink, prepare food and beverages, along with all hygiene purposes,” he said, before chugging a glass of water he brought to the press conference.
“I’d like to thank all Winnipeggers for their patience over the last two days.”
Efforts now turn to figuring out why there were positive results for coliform and E. coli in the first place, said Diane Sacher, the city’s waste and water director.
“We do not know what has led to this,” she said. “Now that we’ve got the all-clear ... we’re going to be shifting our focus to find out what happened, why we did have those positive test results.
“That’s obviously going to be a high priority for us now.”
An advisory had been put in place Tuesday after harmful bacteria showed up in extremely low levels in six of 39 water samples taken during routine testing.
Businesses and residents had been told that their tap water was safe for bathing and laundry but were advised to boil it for at least a minute before drinking it.
Winnipeggers responded by emptying store shelves of bottled water.