1.3M People in Montreal Have to Boil Their Water
That's most of the residents in Canada's second largest city
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 6:23 PM CDT
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(Newser) – This sort of thing is not supposed to happen in a marquee city, but 1.3 million people in Montreal have been ordered to boil their water before drinking it, reports the Montreal Gazette. The 24-hour advisory covers most of the 1.8 million residents of Canada's second largest city, notes the BBC. Something went wrong during maintenance at a water-filtration plant, causing the water level in a main basin to dip lower than expected. The mishap stirred up sediment that is now turning up as brown tap water, and authorities are testing to make sure no bacteria snuck in, too.

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serfinWI
May 23, 2013 8:23 AM CDT
1st world problem. 3rd worlds would love dirty water from a tap.
instantwalrus
May 23, 2013 1:16 AM CDT
Must be a slow news day... Canada's second largest city is under a 24 boil-your-warter advisory. World be warned.
JoeQ
May 22, 2013 10:36 PM CDT
Don't drink the water ... Montreal's Revenge ...