How to use your water safely (PDF)

BOIL your water to a rolling boil for at least ONE MINUTE or you may also use bottled water to:

  • drink
  • gargle, brush your teeth or rinse dentures
  • wash fruits, vegetables and other food
  • make ice, juices, puddings, or other mixes
  • make baby food or formula (bottled water or alternate potable supply only) 


  • Adults, teens and older children can use tap water for baths and showers
  • Small children can be given sponge-baths instead of tub baths or showers
  • Do not swallow any tap water used for showers and baths 


Dishwashers: Use a dishwasher with a high heat setting or sanitize cycle.

Manual dishwashing: Wash in hot soapy water, rinse, sanitize and allow dishes to air dry as usual. (To sanitize, mix 1 tsp. of bleach to 1 litre of water, let dishes soak in the solution for one minute).

If you have any questions regarding an advisory, please contact the Timiskaming Health Unit at 705-647-4305. 

What to do after a boil water advisory has been lifted:

  • Run cold water faucets for 10 minutes before using the water.
  • Run drinking fountains for 10 minutes before using the water.
  • Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle.
  • Drain and refill hot water heaters set below 45 degrees Celsius (a normal setting is 60 degrees Celsius).