A number of Red Deer homes are still being affected by a boil water advisory.
On Monday, the city announced a water leak is the reason behind the advisory for 101-114 and 502-510 Terrace Park.
City employees have hand delivered notices of the advisory to the affected properties.
Boil water advisories are put in place when the city suspects the presence of harmful microbes, like E.coli bacteria or Giardia parasites, in the drinking water supply.
The advisory will be in place until water tests confirm that there is no contamination.
Adult and teens are able to take showers or bathe during an advisory and older children can also be given a shower with a hand-held shower head, avoiding the face. But younger children should be given a sponge bath instead of bathing them in the tub, due to the higher risk of them drinking bath water.
Boiled and bottled water, or water from another public supply not affected by the advisory, should be used for: drinking, making formula and baby food, washing baby bottles, washing or preparing food to be eaten raw, preparing food that doesn’t require long cooking (canned soup, dessert, etc.), making ice cubes and brushing your teeth.
The city’s website says anyone who is immunocompromised, or has specific health-related questions, should contact Alberta Health Link at 811.
When boil water advisories are lifted, City of Red Deer employees will hand deliver rescind notices door-to-door to affected homes and businesses.
The city will also communicate with residents through the use of traditional and social media, including Red Deer’s website, Facebook and Twitter.