Montreal boil-water advisory

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lagatta
Montreal boil-water advisory

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/05/22/montreal-boil-wa...

Nothing dramatic so far, but someone messed up, and this is an inconvenience and expense.

Most Montrealers are being told they must boil their water before drinking it, a precaution after sediment was found in the water following renovations to a city reservoir.

Officials will be testing the water to make sure there is no dangerous bacteria in the sediment.

City officials have issued a boil water advisory covering all areas east of, and including, LaSalle.

I drank several glasses of water (not counting coffee, but that was heated to steam) before happening to hear the advisory; actually I think the water where I live is fine, but better safe than sorry I guess. People closer to the water filtration plant in southwestern Montréal got brown, turbid water.

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Michelle

Yikes - we've been hearing about it on the news here this morning too.  Hope it's resolved soon!

Unionist

It's nice to pretend, just for a day, that we're in the same dire straits as so many millions around the world who have so much less than we do.

But it's probably nothing:

[url=http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Boil+water+advisory+need+panic+profe...Boil water advisory: No need to panic, professor says[/url]

 

6079_Smith_W

When I spent my summers in Montreal in the late 60s and early 70s our water was always boiled. Of course then it was to get rid of the high chlorine.

I didn't read this story until this morning, and having done so, I have to wonder why it made the national news. This is the sort of thing that happens here after a heavy rain or a watermain break. We got one city-wide one last summer, and last time last fall it was just our street when they put in a new line to a house down the street.

Think of it as a reminder that our water actually comes from somewhere in the natural (and sometimes not so natural) world. And beyond those whose water can actually kill them, and a growing number who can set it on fire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LBjSXWQRV8&feature=fvwp

There are plenty for whom normal water smells like rotten eggs, or is hard enough to leave rust stains and heavy mineral deposits.

 

 

DaveW

the CBC.ca site had a link to a McGill backgrounder on where Montreal water comes from; I will find that and post here, it was very interesting;

I had a tea this morning and boiled the water twice (we live in Snowdon) , but the cafeteria at work had no coffee, too much trouble to boil that much water, I guess...

lagatta

I think it is news beyond our region just because it effects so many people in a large city.

Usually our water quality is very good. I remember how horrible (sulphur) water tasted in Trois-Rivières; don't know whether that has improved.

Off for a bicycle ride to Marché central in a very light rain... I need the exercise to wake up brain. And yes, I've had coffee already, and am taking a bottle of pre-boiled water.

6079_Smith_W

I wonder how much the boiling has to do with killing bugs, and how much has to do with settling the cloudiness.

cco

I decided to live dangerously and keep drinking from the tap. The tap water where I grew up is slightly diluted chlorine with a strontium-90 chaser, so I figure that ship has already sailed for me.

Unionist

DaveW wrote:

I had a tea this morning and boiled the water twice

Boiling twice cancels the salutary effect of the first boil. Best wishes, DaveW!

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Every time I make tea it makes the water brown and undrinkable. I haven't figured out where I'm going wrong.

lagatta

We have an "end to boil-water advisory", so tap it is. I wasn't particularly worried about it either, but thought it better to be cautious.