“An increase in turbidity can interfere with the effectiveness of the disinfection process and therefore the safety of the drinking water cannot be assured,” the release said.
Saint John Water advised people not to drink the water unless it is boiled. Residents should bring water to a rolling boil, let it boil for at least one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
While the water should not be consumed unless boiled, it is safe for taking showers, bathing or using in swimming pools. Dishes can also be washed in hot, soapy water and air dried or washed in a dishwasher.
Saint John Water said staff will be monitoring the turbidity levels and working with the Department of Health.
The agency will let the public know when the boil order is no longer needed.