Contaminated Drinking Water

Yesterday the City of Moncton, a city located in the northeastern region of New Brunswick, Canada, issued a precautionary boil water order. This happened shortly after a major water main break occurred Tuesday at 6pm. The order was labelled as precautionary since there is a potential for water contamination.

 

The city of Moncton has issued a precautionary water boil advisory to residents in the areas marked in yellow.

 

Residents located within the red border were advised to boil their drinking water

 

In the event of a boil water order, it is important to remember the following:

     1. Do not drink or use (washing vegetables, brushing teeth, etc.) the water without boiling it for at least one minute.

     2. Contaminated water can cause a number of illnesses such as diarrhea, cramps, headaches, etc. If these symptoms persist, see your family doctor.

     3. The water is safe for washing your hands (for a minimum of 20 seconds), doing laundry, and showering. It is recommended to use a dishwasher during this time.

 

One source of contamination includes fecal coliform which is naturally found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. E.coli contamination was made well-known after the Walkerton event where 2,300 people fell ill and 7 people died.

Other types of water contaminants include organics such as detergents, petroleum hydrocarbons, and volatile organic compounds. Inorganic contaminants include fertilizers, heavy metals, and chemical waste, to name a few.

In events where water breaks or water contamination occurs, it is important to have controls set in place. Our sensor devices can monitor a number of contaminants and water parameters over a long-term period while displaying real-time data through your laptop or mobile app. 

As water quality is being stressed, it is important to take preventative measures and pay attention to your city's notices and/or alerts. 

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