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BC, Canada: Safe Water Supply, Vital To Your Health – 1995


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This report dated 1995 from the Ministry of Health and
Ministry Responsible for Seniors explains how to solve your drinking water quality issues. The report advises consumers to disinfect your supply of hauled water (collected during an emergency) to counteract possible contamination from handling or transporting. Click here to read the entire report or an excerpt below.

Do not assume that clean-looking water, especially water from a spring, surface
source or shallow well, is safe to drink.

Test all water sources for “indicator” bacteria (ie. coliforms). Most indicator
bacteria do not cause any health problems themselves, but their presence means
that the water has been contaminated and may contain other bacteria, viruses or
parasites which could cause illness. The most common indicator bacteria are
coliform bacteria.

There are two basic types of coliform bacteria that labs commonly test for: “total
coliforms” and “fecal coliforms”. Total coliform bacteria include many…

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