November 4, 2016 12:49 pm
Updated: November 5, 2016 6:43 pm

South shore boil water advisories partially lifted, Châteauguay advisory maintained

WATCH ABOVE: The boil water advisories for Brossard and Saint-Lambert were lifted Saturday afternoon but remain in effect for Greenfield Park, Lemoyne and Châteauguay.


Longueuil officials announced Saturday afternoon that the boil water advisories issued for the cities of Saint-Lambert and Brossard have been lifted, but those issued for Greenfield Park and Lemoyne will remain in effect until further notice.

The advisory issued for Châteauguay also remains in place.

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On Thursday afternoon, a boil water advisory had been issued for the cities of Saint-Lambert and Brossard, as well as the borough of Greenfield Park and the sector of LeMoyne, affecting 130,000 residents. Officials said the measure was necessary due to lab results which showed the presence of E. coli bacteria in the water mains.

The city of Châteauguay issued an unrelated boil water advisory on Wednesday afternoon after fecal coliform was found in tap water, which could pose a health risk. On Friday city officials announced that of some forty tests conducted, only one sample came back positive.

“The good news is that the positive sample was taken in a specific area of the municipality and that we are able to identify it very precisely,” said Daniel LeBlanc, the director of Châteauguay public works.

WATCH: Several south shore communities are still under a boil water advisory, including Châteauguay, Longueuil, Greenfield Park, Brossard and Saint-Lambert. Felicia Parrillo reports. 

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Some common symptoms could include vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain.

Residents are being asked to boil their water for at least one minute before consumption.

What to do

Water that has been boiled for one minute or bottled water can be used for the following:

  • Drinking and preparing beverages
  • Preparing infant formula and baby food
  • Washing and preparing food that will be eaten raw (fruits, vegetables, etc.)
  • Preparing food that does not require prolonged cooking (canned soups, desserts, etc.)
  • Making ice cubes
  • Brushing teeth and rinsing

You can use unboiled tap water for the following:

  • Washing dishes with hot water (make sure to dry it carefully)
  • Washing clothes, showering and bathing (make sure young children do not swallow water while bathing or wash them with a facecloth)

City officials are recommending that residents who may be feeling some discomfort to call Info-Santé (8-1-1).

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