Canmore, along with some neighbouring mountain communities are under a Boil Water Advisory until further notice.

On Thursday evening the advisory was issued by Alberta Health Services (AHS) for Canmore following the discovery of high levels of turbidity in the water.

Shortly after, the Municipal District of Bighorn issued a statement recommending that all residents and businesses in the Hamlets of Dead Man's Flats and Harvie Heights who are connected to the municipal water system follow the same precautions.

Both EPCOR and AHS are advising all residents and businesses in the area to boil their tap water for at least one minute at a full boil before drinking or using the water for any kind of internal consumption.

This includes:

  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Cleaning raw foods
  • Preparing infant formula or juices
  • Making ice
  • Handwashing dishes

Water used for bathing, flushing, or laundering clothes remains safe and does not need to be boiled. Health Officials say that dishwashers can be used "if they work well and have a hot temperature sanitizer cycle." 

They warn that consuming contaminated water could result in "illness and stomach flu-like symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, and headaches."

Alternatively, residents can choose to purchase and consume bottled water for the duration of this order.

Water quality testing will be completed to ensure the safety of the water supply and the Boil Advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

At this time, the advisory hasn't been extended to Cochrane.