December 1, 2016 2:59 pm
Updated: December 2, 2016 4:42 pm

Boil order in effect for most Saint John Municipal Water users

WATCH ABOVE: Heavy rain this week led to aadvisory being issued to nearly 45 thousand Saint John Water customers. As Global’s Andrew Cromwell reports, it's an inconvenience and added cost for some businesses and an increase in business for others.

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A boil order has been issued for all Saint John Municipal Water users, east of the Reversing Falls Bridge, except those in the Harbourview subdivision.

The city says heavy rain and high winds have stirred fine particles of sediment and organic matter, making the disinfecting process harder, so they can no longer guarantee the safety of the drinking water.

The city advises residents to bring their water to a rolling boil for at least one minute, then allow it to cool before they use it.

Drinking, cooking, brushing teeth and washing fruits and vegetables should only be done with water that’s been boiled first.

The water is safe for showers or bathing as well as washing dishes that will be air dried.

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