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Keeping Food and Water Safe after a Flood

Food Affected by Flooding

Food may not be safe to eat after a flood and it is important that it is discarded. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recommends the following:

Clean and Disinfect Food-Contact Surfaces

Water Affected by Flooding

After a flood, water may not be safe to drink, clean with, or bathe. Water can become contaminated with microorganisms, such as bacteria, sewage, and other substances that can cause illness or death.

If you have a municipal water supply:

If you have a well and/or cistern water supply:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Fact Sheet: Keep Food and Water Safe after a Disaster or Emergency

Health Canada – What’s in Your Well? - A Guide to Well Water Treatment and Maintenance
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