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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Your Responsibilities
Healthy Living

Water Safety

In general, you should not wade in, swim, or drink river, lake, ocean or pond water. Do not drink water from a well, especially a private well. Drinking or swimming in these bodies of water can lead to serious infections such as cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium is a parasite that infects the intestines. It is a water-borne disease and is a common cause of diarrhea.

Municipal tap water is safe to drink. Local health departments will issue warnings about water safety. If such a warning is issued in your area, follow the instructions for boiling water. Bottled water may be safe.

To be certain that your drinking water is safe, you can:

  • Boil the water for more than one minute
  • Filter the water with a 1 mm filter
  • Use a reverse osmosis filtration system

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