REVISED: Boil Water Advisory issued for Fort McMurray

May 18, 2016

FORT McMURRAY – Due to recent water test results and the evolving wildfire situation in Fort McMurray, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has revised the boil water advisory currently in place for the area of Fort McMurray.

JANVIER AND CONKLIN - Testing has confirmed that Janvier and Conklin water supply is safe, and does not require boiling before consumption. As such, effective immediately, this boil water advisory is no longer in place for either Janvier or Conklin.

FORT McKAY/SOME CAMPS - Fort McKay residents do not need to boil water prior to using. This boil water advisory excludes Fort McKay. Area camps that get water from EPCOR, or any provider other than the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Fort McMurray Water Treatment Plant, also are excluded from this advisory, and do not need to boil water at this time.

ALL OTHER AREAS OF FORT MCMURRAY - This boil water advisory remains in effect for all other areas supplied by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Fort McMurray Water Treatment Plant – including the City of Fort McMurray, Fort McMurray International Airport, and Saprae Creek – as well as communities served by the regional line to Anzac and area, including Gregoire Lake Provincial Park and Gregoire Lake.

All residents and businesses in these areas are advised to bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute prior to any consumption, including:

  • drinking
  • brushing teeth
  • 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.

More information on Boil Water Advisories

For health advice and information, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call Health Link 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.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Kirsten Goruk
AHS Communications