When Winnipeg health officials announced a boil water advisory for the entire city on Tuesday, it was the Manitoba capital’s first-ever foray into the world of liquid terror.
Residents were outraged upon learning that their access to clean drinking water had been potentially tainted by E. coli. Those who refused to drink boiled tap water rushed to stores, making bottled water an impossible commodity to keep stocked.
Restaurants and businesses were forced to close or adjust their services – like those coffee shops that were only able to sell food and bottled beverages. Schools shut off drinking fountains and urged parents to send children to class with a supply of potable water.
It was an unprecedented moment for Manitoba’s capital, but not an unprecedented moment for the province itself. The First Nations community of Shoal Lake 40, located at the source of Winnipeg’s water supply, has been under a boil water advisory for 18 years.
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