Health unit issues boil-water advisory for Friday Harbour Resort

Lab tests expected in next day or two following water-main break at Innisfil community

The local health unit issued a boil-water advisory on Tuesday for Friday Harbour Resort in Innisfil following a recent water-main break.

Repairs are now completed, according to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

“This advisory is in effect until further notice and will be lifted once the safety of the water has been confirmed by laboratory tests,” the health unit stated in a news release. 

It is anticipated that these results will be available in the next one to two days.

Public health officials say drinking water directly from the tap is not safe at this time and can result in illness.

Those most at risk include the elderly, the very young and people with weakened immune systems.

Residents are advised to boil their water before use or, as an alternative, use bottled water or commercially treated water from an approved source.

Restaurants, bars and other food services — excluding facilities that sell pre-packaged food and that have been approved to operate by the local health unit — are closed for the duration of the boil-water advisory.

To prepare your water for use, the health unit says to bring water to a “rolling boil for at least one minute.”

Allow it to cool before:

  • drinking
  • brushing teeth or rinsing dentures
  • preparing food, washing fruits, vegetables, and other food
  • preparing infant formula
  • making ice, beverages, or other mixes
  • washing dishes: Wash dishes with soap and water, rinse them and then sanitize them in a separate sink with a capful of bleach mixed with a sink full of clear water.

This advice also extends to drinking water for pets.

The health unit says adults, teens and older children can use water that has not been boiled for baths and showers. Small children can be given sponge baths. Do not swallow any water used for showers or baths.

It is also safe to do laundry with the water.

Hand hygiene is important for preventing the spread of germs and should continue during a boil-water advisory:

  • Use an alcohol-based hand rub for hands that are not visibly soiled.
  • If hands are visibly soiled, clean them with a disposable wet wipe; then follow with an alcohol-based hand rub
  • If disposable hand wipes are not available, hands should be washed with water and soap, dried, and then followed with an alcohol-based hand rub.

For more information on safe drinking water during a boil-water advisory, visit or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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