Find boil water notices and water quality advisories in your region.
Current boil water notices
The City of Abbotsford has issued a Do Not Use Water (Flush Only) Advisory.
Effective November 24, 2021
The Do Not Use Water Advisory is being put in place due to continued uncontrollable watermain breaches that could allow surface water to enter the drinking water system. Until such time that breaches are contained and water quality is verified through testing, this Advisory will remain active and is expected to be in place for several days. Learn more.
Boil water notice
A boil water notice is issued when a health risk is found in the drinking water source. We recommend boiling water for a minimum of one minute when used for:
- Brushing teeth
- Washing dishes
- Washing fruits and vegetables to be eaten raw
Questions and answers: How to use tap water safely during a boil water notice
Resources for businesses and facilities
Questions and answers for food establishments.734.28 KBUpdated 18/10/2019
Questions and answers for daycares.307.52 KBUpdated 31/10/2019
Questions and answers for hospitals and long term care facilities.207.36 KBUpdated 31/10/2019
Other treatment options
- If you cannot boil water, you can disinfect it using unscented household bleach. Bleach will kill some but not all of the different types of germs that could be in the water.
- To treat your water, add two drops (0.1 mL) of unscented household bleach (about 5.25 per cent chlorine) to one litre of warm water. Cover it and let it stand for at least 30 minutes before drinking.
- If the water is cloudy or colder than 10˚C (50˚F), add four drops (0.2 mL) of unscented household bleach (about 5.25 per cent chlorine) to one litre of water. Cover it and let it stand for one to two hours before drinking.
- For more information on disinfecting drinking water go to HealthLink BC's Disinfecting drinking water.