Category Archives: Access to Water

A Precautionary Advisory Issued for City of Winnipeg Tap Water


Released: January 27, 6:07 p.m.

The Medical Officer of Health, Manitoba Health and the Office of Drinking Water have issued a precautionary localized boil water advisory for some parts of the City of Winnipeg. In an abundance of caution, the City of Winnipeg has decided to proactively issue a precautionary boil water advisory for the entire City of Winnipeg.

The precautionary advisory was issued because test results from Monday, January 26, 2015, tested positive for the presence of bacteria in water samples.

Winnipeg water is intensively monitored on a routine basis to ensure that the water is safe and that regulatory requirements are met. Because water quality is so important, the City’s level of monitoring and sampling surpasses Provincial regulatory requirements. Samples are taken weekly at over 60 locations throughout the system – chlorine and bacteria tests are done weekly and reported directly to the regulator by the contract laboratory that does the analysis. Read More

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Museum eyes band’s complaint about water

Shoal Lake 40 Chief Erwin Redsky is excited his First Nation and the museum are working together to highlight issues surrounding Winnipeg’s aqueduct.

The story of Shoal Lake 40 and Winnipeg’s water supply is headed for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

“They are ready to acknowledge there was an injustice and a violation of human rights,” said Daryl Redsky, one of three First Nation officials to attend a meeting at the museum Thursday.

The 90-minute meeting is part of a process the museum and the First Nation have been at for months, both sides said through other officials.

“We’ve jointly identified a number of potential action areas for exploration,” museum spokeswoman Maureen Fitzhenry said by email Thursday.

She added the museum is looking at putting together a public program in the new year that will tell the story of how Winnipeg got its water supply and how the Ojibway were affected. Read more