Fort Simpson residents told to boil water as service returns

Last modified: May 18, 2021 at 11:57am

Fort Simpson residents are advised to boil their drinking water for at least one minute as water services are restored following days of flooding on the community’s island.

Villages officials said on Monday they were working to bring water distribution back online after a week-long flood forced residents to evacuate and shut down the island’s critical infrastructure, including water and power.

In an advisory issued on Monday afternoon, the NWT’s chief environmental health officer said muddy water from spring breakup and flooding meant residents should boil their water before using it.


The advisory was “precautionary in nature,” the territorial government said, and there had been no associated illnesses reported to date.

Later on Tuesday, the territory updated the advisory to state that it applied only to residents whose water supply is connected to the village’s piped system. Trucked water can be consumed as normal.

More information about the boil-water advisory is available on the NWT government’s website.