Precautionary Boil Water Advisory

On December 9, 2020, the Town of Altona was informed of scheduled maintenance to the water system at the Red River Regional Water Treatment Plant Reservoir, which will lead to the issuance of a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory.

It is possible that regular maintenance can compromise the safety of a water supply.  A precautionary boil water advisory is being issued beginning at 8:00 AM on December 14, 2020 to ensure the protection of public health in the Red River Regional Water System and associated water distribution systems including the Altona Water System.


Commencing on December 14, 2020 and until further notice, all water used for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute before it is used for:

  • Drinking and ice making
  • Beverage preparation, such as infant formula
  • Preparing food; including washing fruits and vegetables
  • Brushing teeth

It is not necessary to boil tap water used for other household purposes, such as laundry or washing dishes.  Adults and older children that are able to avoid swallowing the water can wash, bathe, or shower.  Young children should be sponge bathed.  If boiling is not practical, an alternate and safe supply of water should be used for consumptive purposes (i.e., bottled water).

To avoid burn injuries from hot water, caution should be taken.  Please keep young children away from boiling water.  Place kettles and pots away from counter and stove edges.

Boil Water Advisory Fact Sheet #1 – Boil Water Advisory For Drinking Water Only contains additional information on water use and can be found below.

Boil Water Advisory Fact Sheet #3 – Boil Water Advisory For Commercial/Public Facilities: All commercial, public and permitted facilities (i.e., restaurants, health care facilities, day cares, personal care homes and other private facilities that provide food and water services) must follow water use recommendations from the below fact sheet.

Please share this information with other people who use the tap water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, renters, tenants, staff or clients).  This notice can also be posted in common areas where people tend to gather.


The Boil Water Advisory will remain in effect until at least Monday, December 21, 2020 in order to determine that the water supplied by this water system no longer presents a risk to public health.  The public will be notified when the advisory has been rescinded.  Residents are asked to consult the Town of Altona website ( or social media (

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Town of Altona Administration Office at 204-324-6468, or the Regional Drinking Water Officer at 204-795-6908, or Health Links at 204-788-8200 (toll free at 1-888-315-9257).