By Eliana Dockterman
January 29, 2015

Even though new tests show that Winnipeg water is safe for drinking, the city will continue to advise people to boil it as a precaution against E. Coli, at least until more results come in Thursday.

Abnormal test results that confirmed E. Coli in the water prompted the city to issue a warning Tuesday night, and officials are waiting for Manitoba’s chief medical officer to give the okay to lift the advisory, CBCNews reports.

“In terms of why the precautionary boil-water advisory is still in effect is there’s a decision tree, there’s a requirement to go through a process, there has to be a second set of resampling at those locations,” said Geoff Patton, the city’s acting director of its water and waste department,

Patton added that while water must be boiled before it’s used for drinking or cooking, people can still wash their hands with tap water.

Read more at CBCNews.

Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana.dockterman@time.com.

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