Glencoe facing boil-water advisory after pipe break – The London Free Press

Glencoe is under a boil-water advisory, local public health officials warn, after a water main break Sunday night may have let contaminated water in.

The Middlesex London Health Unit issued the sweeping advisory early Monday and it could last days after municipal crews located the break. Pressure dropped in the system, the agency said in a statement, prompting concerns untreated water may have seeped in.

“Issuing a boil water advisory is standard procedure when there has been a significant loss of pressure in a water system,” environmental health manager Fatih Sekercioglu said in a statement.

The health unit says Glencoe’s tap water should be brought to a rapid boil for one minute before it’s used for drinking or cooking. Unboiled water should not be used to make ice cubes, wash dishes by hand, prepare baby formula, wash fruit and vegetables or brush teeth.

The health unit’s boil water advisory will remain in place until officials test the water and rule it’s safe for consumption. People can still shower and bathe in unboiled water, the health unit says, as long as they don’t ingest any of it. Residents can wash clothes in unboiled water safely.

Southwest Middlesex water distribution officials are working with Ontario’s environment ministry, the Ontario Clean Water Agency and the health unit to resolve the issue.

Once the break is fixed and pressure is restored, the health unit said it can take a few days to test the water and deem it safe.

More information about boil water advisory can be found at the health unit’s website.